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Scatterbrain Thu 13-Feb-03 11:21:55

Hi everyone, Had to share this list with you as it was so amusing - amazing we're all still here really !!

When did it all start to go wrong?

If you lived as a child in the 50's, 60's or 70's and you're now looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have.......!

Our cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint

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

Riding in the back of an open top car on a warm day was always a special treat.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cupboards, and When we rode our bikes we had no helmets.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We spent hours building go-carts out of scrap and then riding them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes.

We'd leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came one was able to reach us all day.

No mobile phones.......unthinkable !

We got cut and broke bones, lost teeth, and there were no law suits arising from these accidents......because they were accidents.........we had no one to blame but ourselves.

We had fights and punched each other, we got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We ate stodgy cakes, bread and butter and drank cordial,but we were never overweight, probably because we were always outside running around and playing.

We shared one drink with four friends.....and no one died.

We had no Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, Video games or Satellite TV channels.

No Videos, Surround sound or Personal Stereos.

No Personal Computers or Internet chat rooms.

We just had friends who we went outside to find.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door.

Sometimes we would just walk in and talk to
them.......imagine such a thing nowadays.........out, without a parent !

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls, we ate worms, and although we were often told it would happen, the worms never lived inside us forever and ate us up !

We had football and netball tryouts but not everyone made the team......those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Some students weren't as bright as others so they failed exams and were held back to take them again.........tests were never adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own and we had to suffer the
consequences, there was no-one to hide behind.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of......they actually sided with the law, just imagine that !

Our generation has produced some of the bravest
risk-takers and best Problem solvers in history.

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

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility.......and we learned how to deal with it all.

And you're one of them..........Congratulations !

Please pass this on to others who have had the good luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives !!!

Jaybee Thu 13-Feb-03 12:00:25

How true - makes you wonder whether we really are making progress!!

star Thu 13-Feb-03 13:45:57

So true,and my Dad used to smoke 40 fags a day in the house,and I can remember standing up between the front car seats while driving along.We are survivors!

Bugsy Thu 13-Feb-03 14:43:58

I was a child in the 1970s and I remember doing the school run and sometimes there were 8 children squeezed in: two on the front seat and six on the back seat (little bottoms forward, big bottoms back!).
I also remember walking to and from Brownies on my own in the dark (distance of about .25 mile). Would anyone let their 7 yr old daughter do that now?

LizC Thu 13-Feb-03 14:49:04

My cousin and I used to love sitting in the boot of my uncle's estate car on long journeys and when I used to help out at the local riding stables, after riding the ponies bareback down to their distant fields at the end of the day (another risky activity) we'd get a lift back through the lanes with the owner, all sitting perched in the back of his pick-up truck! Ah those were the days!

Lucy123 Thu 13-Feb-03 15:22:41

Bugsy - I think we had the record for number of kids in a 2cv... 7 + 2 adults!

Anyway most of the list is true, but (and I hate to put a downer on things) - test results have always been "adjusted". It's just that they used to be adjusted in different ways. The 11 plus was rigged to allow more boys to pass than girls (because "boys catch up" - except it turns out they don't) and o levels were rigged so that only a certain percentage would get each grade each year - in some years an A grade meant much more than in others.

Also don't understand the bit about the open topped car - it's still a treat isn't it?

mollipops Fri 14-Feb-03 08:58:31


And we didn't have to wear hats and sunscreen at school, except at sports carnivals. Here in Aust at least, dd's school has a policy of no hat, no play, all year round, and sunscreen is in every classroom. (I'm amazed we haven't all got skin cancer by now.) And they have to have water bottles at their desks! We might have grabbed a drink at lunchtime, if we thought of it!

zebra Fri 14-Feb-03 09:17:30

Funny enough I was talking to a skin cancer researcher last month who believes that wearing sun screens actually promotes skin cancer; just lets all the bad rays in while preventing you from knowing it because you don't get burnt; plus a deep tan actually protects your skin from the cancer-causing sun radiation. This would explain why skin cancer rates are still going up in places where sun blocks are most used, ironically. He said the only sunblocks worth using are those that leave your skin looking pasty white.

I feel very sniffy about Scatterbrain's posting -- I was badly emotionally bullied in school but nobody called it bullying because it didn't involve bruises. Only one teacher ever took (a little) interest in how badly I was treated; parents, other adults & teachers all made it clear that any problems I had socialising were entirely my own fault. Guess I never "learnt how to deal with it all".

And a friend had terrible scars on her face from flying thru a windscreen in 1973.

Joe1 Fri 14-Feb-03 09:34:36

Warm milk at break time at school, mmmmm.

Scatterbrain Fri 14-Feb-03 13:10:36

Zebra - sorry you feel sniffy about it - just goes to show that there'll always be someone out there who takes offence at everything posted - it was just meant as amusement !

Frieda Fri 14-Feb-03 13:21:00

But what I'm curious about is, why have all we adults who had this free-and-easy childhood in the 60s and 70s become the most overprotective parents in history? It doesn't seem to make sense!

sobernow Fri 14-Feb-03 13:57:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

janh Fri 14-Feb-03 14:06:23

Oh, Frieda, it does, it does, we know what we got up to and we're not having our little darlings making the same mistakes!!! (Our parents lived in blissful ignorance I think, plus didn't have the spare time we have for worrying in.)

Frieda Fri 14-Feb-03 14:29:28

Spare time??? For me, worrying is a full-time job!

CAM Mon 17-Feb-03 11:31:17

Frieda I think it's because child rearing has become an "industry" in its own right, whereby we can be sold hundreds of products based on "doing the right thing" or motivated by media-led fears.
Of course some things like adequate car restraints are vital as the amount of traffic has tripled since the 60's.

GeorginaA Mon 17-Feb-03 12:06:57

This is my theory (and I know I may be on dodgy ground) but according to my mum there really weren't the self-help books around, psychiatry wasn't fashionable etc (if you had to see a psychiatrist then you were virtually ostracised).

Then as we grew up, pop psychology came in vogue, self-help books started to proliferate and almost everything became the fault of your parents. Now we are desperate to make sure that our kids don't end up in therapy and strive constantly to try to reach parenting "perfection" (and in the process get totally stressed as the goal is completely unrealistic).

From a more positive perspective, every generation (regardless of whether they thought their parents were superb) will always strive to be a better parent than their own.

suedonim Tue 18-Feb-03 09:28:46

There was a Woman's Hour discussion last week about all the baby books available nowadays. You can hear it on the BBC website Bringing Up Babies

Enid Tue 18-Feb-03 09:44:28

sobernow!!! I can't believe you remembered that!!

I used to play in the fields behind our house with my friends until it was pitch dark, dad used to stand outside the house and whistle to tell us to come home, it was brilliant.

Clarinet60 Tue 18-Feb-03 16:11:42

I used to play in the fields alone too. Unfortunately, a friend cut her face open on some barbed wire while she was with me and is scarred for life. I think I'd rather have things as they are now.

mollipops Wed 19-Feb-03 05:43:55

Zebra, it depends if you use a sunscreen that blocks both UV-A and UV-B rays...Australia does have the highest skin cancer rate in the world though (I believe), but it's probably all of the generations before now who didn't cover up as kids...

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