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What things were normal when you were a child, that would shock your kids?

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crunchymint Thu 09-Aug-18 18:36:09

So for me the fact that many cars had no rear seat belts fitted.
No baby car seats.
Lots of unsupervised play outside for hours and hours from a young age.

Waitingonasmiley42 Thu 09-Aug-18 18:38:03

People would smoke in cars and houses with babies/children in them and not think anything of it.

lilyboleyn Thu 09-Aug-18 18:39:53

Sitting in the boot of the car

Justmuddlingalong Thu 09-Aug-18 18:40:21

Shopping was for necessities. Not a national pastime.

AlbertaSimmons Thu 09-Aug-18 18:41:13

Black and white tv. TV shutting down for the night.

LoniceraJaponica Thu 09-Aug-18 18:41:15

Fitting 10, yes 10 girl guides in a car to go somewhere.

Disfordarkchocolate Thu 09-Aug-18 18:41:34

So many people smoking on the bus you could hardly see the back of the bus.

BlooBagoo Thu 09-Aug-18 18:41:48

Going to buy cigarettes for my mum from the local shop. They knew us so well she didn't even need to write a note for me to show them.

Beamur Thu 09-Aug-18 18:43:58

No computers, mobile phones, digital toys of pretty much any kind ( I did have an Atari!) only 3 TV channels and kids TV was a few hours Saturday morning and weekday for an hour or so.
No '5 a day'
Very different food options.

sonlypuppyfat Thu 09-Aug-18 18:44:11

Yes sitting in the boot of a car or on the lap of the front passenger. Spending most of my time in a smokey haze.

MrsMoastyToasty Thu 09-Aug-18 18:44:51

Playing on building sites (we lived on the first street to be completed on the estate where I grew up)
Leaving children outside shops while you went inside and did your shopping.
Leaving kids in the car with a bottle of pop and a packet of crisps while you drank inside the pub.

MongerTruffle Thu 09-Aug-18 18:45:18

Only having fruit in season
I can't imagine not having berries all year round.

imip Thu 09-Aug-18 18:46:06

Realising that you couldn’t just pull a tv programme up on demand. You actually had to wait for it.

That people would smoke anywhere inside and around children.

Neshoma Thu 09-Aug-18 18:47:41

Telephone with wires which meant you could go no further that 2 feet away for it.

Justmuddlingalong Thu 09-Aug-18 18:48:19

Ice on the inside of the windows in winter. Having to put the immersion on for hot water. Getting the belt at school. The only deliveries we received were from the milkman and the postie.

RockinRobinTweets Thu 09-Aug-18 18:48:21

Videos & cassettes - taping off the radio
Not pausing the tv
Tvs without a remote
No internet
No air con in cars
Everything stopping on Sunday’s

DelphiniumBlue Thu 09-Aug-18 18:48:39

All of the above, plus using cut up newspaper to wipe our bums with, when times were hard ,and using the outside toilet
.Also that horrible shiny hard toilet paper you used to get in schools and public buildings.

Ibelieveinkarma Thu 09-Aug-18 18:50:24

Three channels only in TV at one point.
Having a marble slab in the pantry before we had a fridge.
My mum used to boil our Terry's nappies on the stove.
If we dropped our sweets in the mud we'd just wipe it off and carry on eating!
Dustbin men carrying numerous heavy metal dustbins every day.
Teachers giving pupils a clip around the ear. The dreaded cane!

halcyondays Thu 09-Aug-18 18:50:37

being able to lie down in the back seat of the car if you were out late, as there were no seat belts in the back.

Graphista Thu 09-Aug-18 18:50:57

Smoking EVERYWHERE - not just pubs, but restaurants, cafes, cinema, theatre, aeroplanes, taxis, buses... Plus 'candy' cigarettes!

Almost total lack of seatbelts

Lack of 24/7 entertainment.

Crisps, sweets, fizzy pop being once a week treats.

School discipline - we wouldn't have DARED question a teacher and if we got in trouble at school it meant we were in trouble at home too. Now to my observation the behaviour some kids exhibit/get away with is outrageous!

Much fewer fat people (and I say that as a fattie!) dd is very slim but by the standards of my teen hood not extraordinarily so. But in her group of friend only 2 of them are slim the rest are very overweight.

AnElderlyLadyOfMediumHeight Thu 09-Aug-18 18:51:15

Smoking indoors/on public transport (particularly planes and intercity trains - I'm just about old enough to remember smoking sections on those).

Mainly the 'lack' of technology, tbh. A BBC Micro being the state-of-the-art home computer. Phonecards being an essential when I went to university - queueing up to use the payphone.

Bedheadretention Thu 09-Aug-18 18:52:51

Being hit by mum or dad for being naughty (or suspected of wrongdoing)sad

Knittedfairies Thu 09-Aug-18 18:55:33

Only having fresh fruit when recovering from childhood illnesses. Black and white television. Outside toilet. Weekly bath. Ice on the windows - no heating in bedrooms at all, even in winter. Playing outside for hours without supervision. Waiting 6 weeks for a telephone to be installed, always in the hall. Dentistry without anaesthetic. Children with polio.

Gawd... my childhood sounds miserable!

AfterSchoolWorry Thu 09-Aug-18 18:57:09

All of that and perverts going unchallenged.

Belindabauer Thu 09-Aug-18 18:59:10

Teachers being allowed to hit you for the slightest thing.
Being able to buy 4 pence worth of sweets.
Not living near any fast-food restaurants other than a fish n chip shop.
Fizzy pop and crisps were an absolute luxury.
Walking everywhere.
lack of tv programmes.
Everyone I knew had a garden with a lawn.
Tree lined streets.

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