Being alone in the house for long hours while their folks were away at work, these kids had to cook their own dinners. If you didn’t stock up on simple microwavable dinners, little children had no choice but to light up those stoves and ovens themselves.
Sometimes it worked out, sometimes it didn’t. We are sure that local fire departments were alert and ready for action.
Another thing that has evolved, is the bullying culture. Not that kids have gotten kinder, we all know that kids can be pretty cruel, but their methods have certainly changed over the years.
It wasn't uncommon for kids to take the school's biggest nerd and dunk him in the toilet. Thankfully, that is safely in the past and in some outdated teen films.
Everybody wanted to be a Smoker
Those days, in just about every piece of media, whether it was in film, TV, billboards, magazine ads, not to mention, just on the street, you would see a cigarette in everyone's lips. Even ads featuring babies would be seen alongside a smoking mother and father at the dinner table
When it came to the older kids, the depiction of teens smoking cigarettes was seen as a sign of growing up. Just ask anyone from that generation. It's highly likely that they were sent to the corner store to buy smokes for their folks.
Chasing Trucks with Toxic Fumes
Poisonous pesticides were the last thing on anybody's minds back then. To the point that kids in the neighborhood would run after them as if it was a game. Little did they know that these were the very trucks spraying poisons and other chemicals to kill pests and mosquitos.
This seems a little too crazy and we hope that parents caught onto this very quickly.
Not Letting Their Daughters Date
Overprotective dads are as old as time itself, and they certainly are still alive and well today, but like with everything, it was a little more extreme in the '60s. Grumpy fathers would notoriously chase their daughters' dates off their front lawns, sometimes with an old hunting rifle in hand.
Of course, when it came to sons, they were only encouraged. It took quite a few years to ease up on our girls, and we're still working on it.