U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Parenting
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 09-11-2008, 02:03 PM
 
Location: beautiful NC mountains!
904 posts, read 1,824,735 times
Reputation: 1207

Advertisements

I grew up in the middle of a citrus grove. During the summers, my brother and I were kicked out of the house after breakfast. We returned around lunchtime, were fed and then told to go play again. We didn't come back till supper.
We went all over. We built forts in the groves and along the ditch banks. We climbed in the trees or sat under the shade of a large Oak. We ate Oranges fresh off the tree, drank from the water hose, cooled off under a stand pipe in the groves. Mom never wondered where we were. If she did we had an old air raid siren she would sound...we'd come running.

We rode motorcycles by age 8. Shot BB guns and .22's without supervision, blew up things with fire crackers. I even remember driving my Dad's car by myself over a mile down the dirt road to pick up my brother from the bus...I was 10.

Wasn't life grand?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-11-2008, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
8,310 posts, read 21,466,645 times
Reputation: 6664
Quote:
Originally Posted by bibit612 View Post
I didn't grow up in the US but I imagine it would have changed too where I did. I had chronic tonsillitis as a child and got really really tired of the painful penicillin shots. On one of my episodes, the doctor gave me some erythromycin 500mg tablets and the swelling disappeared. Wow! No more green penicillin shots! Everytime I would feel my throat swelling, I would ask my parents for money, walk to the local pharmacy and buy 10 days worth of antibiotics, no Rx necessary. Well, eventually, none of that worked and I had to have my tonsils taken out at 22. I was about 11 years old then, going to get my own Rx!
I think in the really old days they would just do a tonsilectomy. Problem solved.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-11-2008, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Yellow Brick Road
35,458 posts, read 43,120,733 times
Reputation: 19764
So many of the things others have mentioned (such as riding in the back of a pick up truck - down the highway) were things I did as a kid.

One thing a parent would get in trouble for allowing a kid to do today . . . we did not have garbage pick up (rural area). So everyone had a compost pile (for "wet" garbage) and for everything else - we had a big metal drum that we burned trash in.

I can only imagine a nosey neighbor seeing a kid out burning trash these days - using lighter fluid - at 8 or 9 - the way we did. Also, there would be an accident every so often, b/c someone would forget or be in a hurry and an aerosole can would get in the garbage - wh/ would go off like a BOMB!!!

I was using a butcher knife to cut up potatoes, apples, peaches, etc. by the age of 10. It was more or less expected that you knew how to use a knife and help out w/ "putting up" the summer veggies/fruits. Of course, I was a girl scout and was taught how to properly do that kind of thing but I bet that wouldn't go over well today.

And speaking of pocket knives - my g/mother found the little pearl sided pocket knife my dad had when he was a kid - and gave it to me - and I carried it in my change purse to school. Not only that - but even the teacher would ask to use it on occasion, LOL!! It was only 3 inches or so but it had 2 sharp little blades - nice for cutting tape, string, sharpening a pencil, etc. Today, a kid would get expelled (and should - too many violent kids w/ weapons but it sure does point out how "times have changed.")

Anyone have a dog that walked w/ them to school - and stayed at school all day - and that was fine? We had several dogs that not only hung around the school all day - the women in the cafeteria would feed them leftovers after lunch. Today, animal control would be called soooo fast . . .

Anyone start driving at 14 or 15 - on the dirt/gravel roads around your neighborhood - and everyone knew you didn't have a license - and no one cared?

Parents would get in serious trouble today w/ any of the things I mentioned.

Last edited by anifani821; 09-11-2008 at 02:39 PM.. Reason: typo
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-11-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
11,268 posts, read 11,176,132 times
Reputation: 11337
Quote:
I have been investigated for "pulling my child's hair", she was mad at me when she went to school because I BRUSHED her hair and she was yanking her head around...well it gets pulled that way.
My mom use to yank the crap out of my hair and if I complained she would hit me on top of the head with the brush.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-11-2008, 03:01 PM
 
Location: in my mind
2,746 posts, read 9,760,820 times
Reputation: 1493
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2mares View Post
My mom use to yank the crap out of my hair and if I complained she would hit me on top of the head with the brush.
Yours too huh? She'd put pigtails so tight my eyes would be distorted, and if I wiggled or complained, I got the hairbrush whack!

My brother (9 years old) took care of me a lot and I soon figured out I MUCH preferred HIM brushing and fixing my hair. He was much more gentle, so I'd ask for him instead which irritated her too but also got us both off the hook.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-11-2008, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
5,971 posts, read 12,257,523 times
Reputation: 4770
I used to help my Mom and grandma prepare live chicken. The way it was done where I grew up was to turn the chicken's head, pluck some of its feathers, slit its throat while letting the blood drip on a catch bowl, sorta kosher prep-like. Can you imagine the outrage of PETA if I did that now?!!! Cluck-cluck-cluck! Oh, and child services would call it child mental abuse then!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-11-2008, 03:41 PM
 
Location: chicago
783 posts, read 1,349,556 times
Reputation: 512
We used to drink water from the hose
Bought cigarettes from the store for my Granny (imagine a 9 year old trying to buy cigarettes now, LOL)
Rode our bikes everywhere from sun up til sun down with no cell phones
Used Crown Royal bags to carry our school supplies in
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-11-2008, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Yellow Brick Road
35,458 posts, read 43,120,733 times
Reputation: 19764
Quote:
Originally Posted by ParkerP View Post
We used to drink water from the hose
Bought cigarettes from the store for my Granny (imagine a 9 year old trying to buy cigarettes now, LOL)
Rode our bikes everywhere from sun up til sun down with no cell phones
Used Crown Royal bags to carry our school supplies in



OMG - I am rolling! I can just see this. Now - did you ride your bikes and attach the bags to the handlebars? Or did you just carry the bags?

Hee Hee. I can only imagine the furor that would cause in our PC classrooms today!!! (Someone call CPS!!! This child is being exposed to alcohol!!!)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-11-2008, 04:16 PM
 
Location: beautiful NC mountains!
904 posts, read 1,824,735 times
Reputation: 1207
[quote=ParkerP;5226396
Used Crown Royal bags to carry our school supplies in[/QUOTE]

I just laughed so hard I peed my pants!!!!! We used Crown Royal bags for everything! Of course we could mix a good drink for my parents by age 8 too. And let's not forget them yelling "could you grab my cigerettes and the matches!" Ahh, the sounds of my childhood.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-11-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
8,167 posts, read 16,910,144 times
Reputation: 4309
Quote:
Originally Posted by bibit612 View Post
I used to help my Mom and grandma prepare live chicken. The way it was done where I grew up was to turn the chicken's head, pluck some of its feathers, slit its throat while letting the blood drip on a catch bowl, sorta kosher prep-like. Can you imagine the outrage of PETA if I did that now?!!! Cluck-cluck-cluck! Oh, and child services would call it child mental abuse then!
I think Now you are destion to grow up a serial killer!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Parenting

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top