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6th December 2006, 09:05 PM

1940's, 50's, 60's , 70's and 80's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking .

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags

Riding in the back of a van - loose - was always great fun.

We drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem .

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents .

We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out any eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned


And YOU are one of them!


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

6th December 2006, 09:05 PM
opps wrong place ....sorry mods :flwr:

6th December 2006, 09:15 PM

6th December 2006, 09:28 PM
thats what i thought and as a child born in sixties i look back now on all the above and smile :lol:

6th December 2006, 10:00 PM
I LOVE IT! I was born in 1968 and I grew up playing outside all the time until dark and sometimes after dark. I don't think I would want to be a kid today and I'm actually glad I don't have kids. I would probably be considered a mean abusive Mom for not giving my kid all the electronic crap kids today seem to need so much.

Thanks for posting that bit. I'm going to send it to my Father right now. I know he'll get a big kick out of it.

Cicero's Mummy
6th December 2006, 10:12 PM
<<<< child of the early 80's (82 actually)

Man... now that explains alot... tee hee hee...

I think my bil may have licked one too many bed rails as a child! Lol! :oops:

6th December 2006, 10:46 PM
Child of the late 70s- and NI in the 80s was surprisingly safe for kids. Going to live in Oz for two years in '90 was a real eye opener. So, ok, noone was being shot or blown up- but kids there were more at risk than they were here. Weird :roll: :roll:

matties mum
6th December 2006, 11:12 PM
I was born in 1950 we never thought about what might happen when we were out with bread and jam and a bottle of water that we shared with everone ----Aileen

7th December 2006, 01:58 AM
Child of the 60's :flwr:

Oh I did all those things and still turned out to be the most protective Mum ever :roll: I left home at 15 for goodness sake.

Cathy Moon
7th December 2006, 02:40 AM
Just reading this filled me with nostalgia for the good old days. I'm glad I grew up then. Families today seem so different; the emphasis now is on things we never had or needed. I'm going to print this to share with my siblings and parents on Christmas! It will spark some lively conversations. Thanks so much for printing this. :flwr:

Bruce H
7th December 2006, 12:12 PM
I have seen that before, but every time I read it, it brings a smile to my face. I was born in 1949. Any time the weather was even close to nice, we were TOSSED outside and told we had to stay outside; too nice to be indoors! But then there were 5 kids in my family, so mom & dad could afford to lose a couple :lol:

And remember: in about 25 years today will be the "good old days" :yikes

7th December 2006, 12:31 PM
But then there were 5 kids in my family, so mom & dad could afford to lose a couple :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

7th December 2006, 01:49 PM
Amazing we survived (kidding)!! I think now parents protect their kids from living. They miss out on so much.

I think about all the things I used to do when I was younger and I just laugh and laugh. My favorite part was that I would go out by myself, walk the neighborhood and play until nightfall, eat dinner, then go back out and play some more!! Could you imagine letting a child do that now?
I can't tell you how many snakes, turtles stray dogs and cats I brought home (and didn't die from catching rabies or get my face bitten off by a put bull).

What a concept that in a few short years the world can change so much.