It’s shocking what kids born before 1970 had to live through. But probably not so shocking if you were one of those kids. Not everything back then was good and not everything we have now is bad. I like the Internet, obviously. I even like cell phones. I’m glad that we use seat belts and infant car seats, and that fewer people smoke now. But a lot of the stuff on the list makes you think – or it should. A lot of the “Oh no! If you do this you might die!” stuff that we’re constantly beat over the head with these days used to be just normal everyday stuff that nobody worried about at all.
I’m all for progress and protecting our kids but have we gone too far? Do we worry too much? Parents always worry – always have. I think some people play on this natural tendency to worry by continually coming up with new things for us to worry about. Many of us try to refuse to play along but it’s impossible to get away from. If you raise your kids the way kids were raised in the 60′s and 70′s Child Protective Services will show up at your door.
We can never go back to the way things were and we probably shouldn’t try but it would be nice if everyone would just relax. Stop worrying so much about what’s safe or not safe and what you should or should not do and just live. The biggest problem we have is figuring out some way to make the “Oh no! We’re all going to die!” crowd just shut the hell up!