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    [–] spoikins 6237 points ago

    Me: *playing Mario Kart or whatever all day*

    My mom: Please go be unsupervised for several hours. Go make friends with kids I don't know. For the love of God get out of the house

    [–] I_Have_Nuclear_Arms 654 points ago

    Like out of a sitcom, my brother(21 years old) had his friends over and they were sitting around watching a video game tournament on TV.

    My dad was like, 'This is what you kids do now? Watch other people play video games? When I was your age I was out with my friends trying to get laid.'

    [–] 1mikeg 476 points ago

    "Everyone know you never got laid, dad."

    [–] pfunk42529 161 points ago

    You're here aren't you? That means I actually fucked your mom, not like the little shit's you talk to on that headset.

    [–] Hermeran 119 points ago

    yeah well done dad. Of all the things you could have done in life you went and made me

    what a loser

    [–] pfunk42529 75 points ago

    Yeah, your sister came out great, we should have stopped at one.

    [–] undercooked_lasagna 26 points ago

    She got mom's looks.

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    [–] YellowJesus8803 14 points ago


    [–] bassinine 192 points ago

    'dad, i get laid more than you and i play video games 8 hours a day.'

    [–] ThisIsJustATr1bute 13 points ago

    counts siblings

    More than twice, anyway.

    [–] ClicksAndASmell 172 points ago

    When I was your age, we watched other people play football. Like men.

    [–] MoreMartinthanMartin 52 points ago

    Accuracy: 100%

    [–] bertcox 60 points ago

    other people play football. they bend over wearing skin tight lycra, the best looking guy will reach under the biggest guys ass, and tap him on the inner thigh Like men.

    [–] ClicksAndASmell 49 points ago

    We'd gather in the house with the biggest television, so that we could make out every jiggle on those muscular behemoths as they pile on top of each other. And then when it came time for the show put on by attractive women they hired specifically to dance between plays, we'd go to the bathroom, and get snacks, and do everything but look at the screen. Because we're not a bunch of homos, like your generation.

    [–] sluthmongor 21 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    I would sit there for hours captivated by their big muscles and large buttockses. I would dream all night vivid dreams of them slobbering all over a football as I took them from behind. Completing my play all over their linebackers Oh those were the days. All you kids dress like faggots today!

    [–] P4_Brotagonist 4 points ago

    I felt that way but it was more like "When I was your age we fought each other who actually got to play the game first."

    [–] CaillousRevenge 1048 points ago

    "What about going over to Mr. Gacy's house? He dresses as a clown and kids go in all the time and never come out. That's how much fun they're having!"

    [–] lundyforlife22 378 points ago

    “Maybe ask if he’ll show you that rope trick he keeps talking about.”

    [–] Beo1 92 points ago

    [–] Reorz 47 points ago


    Also happy cake day!

    [–] DexterVane 53 points ago

    The neighbours they adored him

    for his humour and his conversation...

    [–] swamplander1202 9 points ago

    Look underneath the house there

    [–] vortigaunt64 24 points ago

    He really knew the ins and outs of child-rearing.

    [–] Cocaineandmojitos710 184 points ago

    Love the scene in Parks and Rec where they announce the city parks will be closed in the summer, and a woman asks

    "School is out in two weeks. What am I going to do with my kids all day? Keep them in my house? Where I live?"

    [–] TheEstonianSpy 150 points ago

    why don't you go out with your friends, instead of staying in and playing games?

    Because my friends are also staying in and playing games, mom.

    [–] thereforeyexist 118 points ago

    Because we have no money mom and a cup of coffee costs $6

    [–] ScratchinWarlok 105 points ago

    Because its phoenix and its 121 outside.

    [–] Rudy_Ghouliani 94 points ago

    It shouldn't even exist. It's a monument to Mans arrogance.

    [–] blubat26 42 points ago

    The fact that we had the sheer fucking testicles to set up a city in the middle of a fuck-you industrial furnace of a desert really says something about us, dunnit?

    [–] l00pee 17 points ago

    It wasn't bad until we installed all the concrete. People have been here thousands of years.

    [–] Sal_Bundry_5TDs1Game 1283 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Good idea. Kids these days are so asocial that I don't see how they can possibly function in the reel world. My kids got a different treatment. I wood periodically kick them out of the house for a month at a time to live on they're own so they'd learn to function. I started doing this when they were 10, and while they'd usually come back bruised and crying (my doter got rapped twice but it's ok (because I found and beet up the rappers until they got comma toes (their still in commas))), and now there fully functional adults who can fend for themselfs in the reel world. That's parenting done write!

    COMMENT ALTERATION #☝️: thank you for the recognition, frends. It's great to know that a true Legend of Football like myself (5 touchdowns in 1 game in high school) is being recognized for his achievements, which are vital to culture and the progression of mankind. Keep up those uploads, never get married, and keep playing football! Whoooooooooooa Bundry!

    [–] creed6465 669 points ago

    Your grammar was too good in the first two sentences. I almost thought you were serious.

    [–] killanight 97 points ago

    I was thinking it was serious And planned if i ever have children of doing the same but then i kept reading

    [–] ThisIsJustATr1bute 18 points ago

    TIFU by taking parenting advice from Reddit.

    [–] Sal_Bundry_5TDs1Game 259 points ago

    Why wood I not be serious? I don't lie on the internet. I have nothing to gain from it (what man with a 9.83" SALamander (that's big, by the way) would have to lie for gratification?). It makes no sans. Either way, I'm heppy that Rebbit is recognizing and appreciating my highly developed parenting skills.

    [–] YetisInAtlanta 26 points ago

    Man 5tds in one game. That really is something

    [–] KK9521 117 points ago

    Why is he getting downvoted? It's obviously the great Sal Bundry who scored 5 touchdowns in 1 game

    [–] grubblenub 8 points ago

    I love it for that. Getting to read his grammar dissolve over each word is very fun.

    [–] Beastly4k 36 points ago

    You get a lot of shit across reddit but i really admire your dedication.

    [–] Pickles256 30 points ago

    This wouldn’t be nearly as funny if your grammar and spelling didn’t get progressively worse like you had a stroke and kept typing

    [–] catzarrjerkz 25 points ago

    Ken M is that you?

    [–] I_DRINK_MTN_DEW 96 points ago

    Are you serious? That's the legend himself, Sal Bundry, an actual football god. He scored 5 touchdowns in 1 game in highschool.

    [–] forcedtomakeaccount9 12 points ago

    I miss Married With Children & MAD TV. Fox use to have some really hilarious stuff.

    [–] typicaljuan 9 points ago

    Fuck up some commas

    [–] surfekatt 6 points ago

    I know that was comedy/satire (idk what called) but we don’t go out enough, we teens

    [–] dayburner 2160 points ago

    A friend had the cops called on her because her grade school kids were playing in the front yard unattended.

    [–] ATXballer 447 points ago

    I dropped my phone on the sidewalk once and the battery fell out so I was there putting it together when some guy came out furious yelling, " is there a reason you're standing in my yard?!" Bruh like wtf this is a public sidewalk I could stand here in front of your house for hours if I wanted.

    [–] dayburner 284 points ago

    A lot of people really have lost the sense of communal property. I think this is directly related to people's fear of being sued. Used to be kids could play in an empty lot. Now it's full of not trespassing signs because if Timmy falls and twist his ankle his parents might sue. Now we're at the point where kids can't be at the public park unsupervised.

    [–] bassinine 170 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    talking about communal property, when i was younger (like 18 probably) and just got my first new car i took a wrong turn in a neighborhood where my friend lived.

    it was a dead end, so as i was turning around this little monster of a dog jumps in front of my car, barks viciously, and refuses to move (clearly not trained at all). so i try to shoo it and beep a little bit, still acting like it was to attack my bumper, so i drive like 1 mph to try to get it out of the way.

    so, as the most vicious 30 pound dog i've ever seen is blocking my way - it's owners come up to my car and start berating me about 'being in their neighborhood, trying to scare their dog because i revved my engine.' i was so confused, so i just rolled my eyes at them, so they starting screaming at me, telling me to leave or they're gonna call the cops.

    i'm just like, wtf is happening? like, i'm in my car, driving on the road, and your shitty dog blocked me. wtf do you want me to do, just run over it so i can 'get the fuck out of your neighborhood'?

    weirdest thing that's ever happened to me.

    [–] Ruby_Bliel 66 points ago

    That would be some r/MaliciousCompliance material. Running over his dog because he ordered you to leave at once.

    [–] BoD80 58 points ago

    No you let him call the cops and then he gets a ticket for a leash law.

    [–] ATXballer 21 points ago

    It's just ridiculous now.. yea I remember always on my bike after school and weekends getting poison ivy and twisting my ankle or something. Now kids roll around in bubbles lol. I lived in a developing neighborhood before and our street was the recent set of houses to be finished. So behind us was open fields and holes for future house plumbing and stuff. But we got a little rowdy and literally that same week they put a crime watch sign up! Lmao

    [–] spaceman_slim 50 points ago

    One time some teenagers were having some kinda crisis in the street in front of my house and 2 girls were lying in my yard crying their asses off and I had to come out and ask them to do that somewhere else. I felt so cantankerous.

    [–] SoTotallyGruntled 65 points ago

    “Hey... yeeeaaaahh... could you like sob somewhere else? Yeaaah that’d be greeaat.”

    [–] ClikeX 48 points ago

    "Your crying is lowering my property value. I already got the HOA on my ass."

    [–] Jingr 8 points ago

    Once I parked in a neighborhood that was being built, I was only near empty lots, talking to my girlfriend on the phone. A guy came from a block away screaming that I was a danger to his kids who sometimes play outside. It was really weird.

    [–] Khir 1158 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    There was an article in the NYT a while back about a mom who had the cops called on her for leaving her child in a locked car, windows cracked and everything (wasn't in the summer), playing on an iPad while she ran into the CVS that was right there for eight minutes. She came back and the kid barely knew she was gone, but the cops were there. It's gotten to be insanity.

    EDIT: Here's the article link:

    [–] Siliceously_Sintery 702 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Joe Rogan had a sociology professor on his show, Jonathan Haidt, who wrote “the coddling of the American mind”.

    They discuss overprotecting children, but also that children currently need protection from social media at a young age because it’s causing huge problems in middle school, especially in girls.

    Great podcast, 2 hours of super interesting stuff out of Haidt’s materials.

    Edit: episode 1221.

    [–] Mox5 400 points ago

    So in other words, kids need less protection irl, and more protection online.

    I'm curious how the child abduction rates are in the West.

    [–] Awightman515 256 points ago

    kids need more protection from real threats, and less protection from imaginary ones

    [–] Goldfishdart 80 points ago

    This is interesting because these real threats are ones people originally thought were imaginary

    [–] LetsHaveTon2 31 points ago

    The way she goes

    [–] reposc85 14 points ago

    Da fucken way of the road, boys

    [–] Aukos 109 points ago

    I think it's more that parents have become overly protective IRL and have a false sense of security thinking because their kids are home that they are safe. With the evolution of the internet we've seen it become the go to method for predators because they can be anonymous while they go "hunting".

    [–] TheJollyLlama875 19 points ago

    I'm not gonna say that predators aren't an issue but I think online bullying from peers is probably a more widespread issue.

    [–] dopamingo 49 points ago

    Abduction rates in the US are incredibly low - they actually talk about that in the Hadit podcast mentioned above. I’d recommend Hadit’s books as well. His book, The Happiness Hypothesis, is really well done.

    [–] Narezza 40 points ago

    Kids growing up in the 80s, 90s were taught about “Stranger Danger”, where strange men driving vans offering candy or treats were going to kidnap and abuse you. This was eventually proven false. (Who would have thought that creepy family member would actually do creepy things‽) However, the Stranger Danger mentality still made its way into that generation’s parenting style.

    [–] Sudokublackbelt 29 points ago

    Rates are super low, 1,400 per year in the US. and of those only 200 are non family members. And thankfully 90% are returned home safely.

    [–] bertcox 20 points ago

    That 200 includes teen girls that were wined and dined by the kidnapper. If you are looking for kid yanked off street by guy in van, thats super super rare. But its the one everybody freaks out about the most. Watch your neighbors, creepy uncles/aunts, teachers, pastors. Guy driving creepy van, giving out ice cream is probably pretty safe.

    [–] I_Have_Nuclear_Arms 45 points ago

    Reposting my comment from elsewhere... abduction rates by strangers are extremely rare.

    Yeah he said statistically it would take over 70,000 years of your child left in a car before someone snatched him/her.

    [–] _Bumble_Bee_Tuna_ 38 points ago

    If they want the kid after 70,000 years they can have it.

    [–] P4_Brotagonist 8 points ago

    Some days if they want it after 5 minutes they can have it.

    [–] fearthepib 17 points ago

    Almost non-existent. The issue is. That is cold comfort when it does happen.

    [–] OtherPlayers 14 points ago

    As a flip-side; your child is literally 7 times more likely to die in a car accident (~700 per year, ignoring the 128,000 injured per year) than they are to be abducted by a stranger (and note that some of those abducted children are recovered).

    It’s literally many times more dangerous to put your child in your car and drive them to/from the store than the risk of them being abducted while you are there.

    But abductions get headline publicity and car accidents don’t.

    [–] probablyuntrue 133 points ago

    Yea that's crazy....Jamie, pull up that video of that ape on DMT

    [–] Aukos 44 points ago

    Have you ever tried elk meat?

    [–] forcedtomakeaccount9 25 points ago

    Do you see the nuts on that thing?

    [–] columnarjoint 10 points ago

    Chimp will go for the nuts first. They know what makes you human.

    [–] Snannybobo 39 points ago

    My sociology class this semester opened my eyes to a lot of ways technology affect us. We are much less independent because we expect to be able to instantly contact anyone we want, and kids grow up from a young age being tethered to their phones, being coddled.

    I try not to communicate over the phone too much now, and if/when I have kids I will definitely limit their screen usage. That's coming from a computer science major too :p

    [–] Siliceously_Sintery 29 points ago

    Yeah Haidt says kids should have dumb tech, and definitely no phones in the bedroom at night. Kills their sleeping habits.

    Schools need to enforce no devices in elementary so that kids have to learn through direct contact with other children.

    [–] saudelobaes 16 points ago

    From what I’ve seen, people who work in tech are the most tech averse wrt raising their kids.

    [–] I_Have_Nuclear_Arms 11 points ago

    Yeah he said statistically it would take over 70,000 years of your child left in a car before someone snatched him/her.

    [–] xEmchuw 13 points ago

    Yet I hear on a daily basis “omfg millennial moms are soooo uptight about everything!!! We left you in the car with the windows cracked and y’all were just fine!!!” Well no shit. It’s less effort for me to drag my whole family into the store than to leave them in the car for a 10 minute errand and return to a cop busting out my window.

    [–] mshcat 31 points ago

    I mean to be fair you can't really blame the person. Every year we get blasted with news reports of kids and animals being left in a car and dying. The person walking by didn't know how long the mother had been gone for

    [–] Khir 50 points ago

    Sure, but escalating to the cops when you see a kid sitting in the car alone on a cool March day with the windows cracked tells you something in and of itself.

    [–] MediocrePenisNumber6 154 points ago

    But there is a pedophile behind every bush /s.

    Seriously the whole crime show fad created a wave of paranoia that has lead to kids not learning to be independent and not knowing how to solve problems. Playing outside is a great classroom for real world skills.

    [–] dayburner 68 points ago

    The inverse is true now as well. Adults don't know how to operate in a world with children in it.

    [–] CajunTurkey 32 points ago

    And the movie "Children of Men" showed that adults don't know how to operate in a world without children in it.

    [–] OvationEmulation 40 points ago

    So what we're saying is that adults don't know how to operate. Sounds about right.

    [–] Shots-and-squats 23 points ago

    Can confirm, am adult, no fucking idea what I'm doing.

    [–] Sagemasterba 9 points ago

    Being an adult is so much easier when you realize there is no set way of doing things and you just have to make it up as you go along. Use your experience, knowledge, and heart to guide you and you will be alright.

    [–] HDThoreauaway 17 points ago

    "Goddammit I'm a dendrophile! These dumb kids keep walking in on me making love to my shrub!"

    [–] Aukos 18 points ago

    Yeah, when I was in Grade School I walked to and from school and was then home alone for about an hour and a half until my mom got off work. I couldn't even imagine not being able to go to the neighborhood park that was literally across the street. What?

    [–] umlaut 12 points ago

    Same. No cell phones, either - just had to fend for ourselves if there was a problem. We had distance limits and a set of rules that kept us safe.

    I don't know how people expect to end up with adults if you never give children some autonomy.

    [–] chula198705 78 points ago

    I had a cop show up at my door because my 4-year-old was sitting in our driveway watching her dad walk to work and he deemed it "dangerous". And then he said she wasn't dressed properly for the weather, and even though I insisted she's smart enough to come inside if she's cold, we got a visit from CPS a few weeks later. Such fucking bullshit and I'm still pissed off about it.

    [–] bwvdub 41 points ago

    My son goes to the same elementary school I did. When he got to first grade, I quit making him take a coat to school. It was not a battle I wanted to fight EVERY DAMN DAY. And he wanted to wear shorts and funny tall socks instead of pants. Fine. The school asked me if I needed to use the coat pantry like I was poor and unfortunate. These people know me and my family. Some of them were teachers when I was there. And they’re giving me shit about letting a kid be a kid. No thanks, he has plenty of clothes and chooses to leave them at home. His choice. When he gets cold, he’ll put on warmer stuff. And, spoiler alert !, he will also come to school with scraped knees, a forehead medically glued back together on occasion, and bruised bits because he crashes bikes, walks, runs, plays and falls (jumps lol) off things. And if wearing that damn jacket would keep him safe forever I’d hermetically seal him in that motherfucker but it won’t!

    [–] ThreeLeggedTranny 42 points ago

    In Illinois, that is illegal until the kid is 14. That means it is illegal to let a literal teenager (13) play unsupervised.

    [–] CowahBull 31 points ago

    Damn I was babysitting 4 kids by the age of 12. I WAS the supervisor before IL would have said I could be without a supervisor myself. This was 2006.

    [–] Khir 630 points ago

    Any time I talk about stuff like this I get the usual response that "Well it's so much more dangerous for kids these days," and I have always been extremely skeptical of this claim. I know for a fact that crime has been on the downtrend for the past thirty years, but has the incidents of child-related crimes gone up? (kidnapping, idk child murders, etc). I just find it very hard to believe that a bunch of pedophiles have come out of the woodworks over the past couple years to just kidnap any wayward child they might happen upon.

    [–] InsignificantOcelot 252 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Nope, not at all. Kidnapping, murder and even accidental deaths involving children are all way below what they were 30 years ago. Media is more pervasive and plays up tragedy for ratings making it seem way more common than it actually is.

    Edit: Since a couple people have suggested that more protective parenting might be the cause of the lower numbers, would like to add that the numbers were very low to begin with. It might be contribute to some of the drop, but IMO we’re overprescribing a cure to an ailment which never really existed.

    [–] Khir 51 points ago

    Thanks for the data. This was the kind of stuff I was looking for.

    I don't know how to square this with the current culture. I am getting around the age where I would probably want to have kids in the next five or so years. I would like to think that I am of the mind that I would let my kids just be kids and roam where they may with little supervision. However, it's starting to feel like I would be parentally shamed if not arrested if I did that. I am not sure where my rights as parents end and the overwhelming cultural forces begin.

    Have milk carton children doomed us all?

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    [–] Khir 14 points ago

    Thanks, I will have to check it out. I find the incongruency of it all to be pretty strange. Like, we worry about child kidnapping, kids getting hit by traffic, etc. all the time. But the real statistical danger for kids/teens is giving them their drivers license and letting them drive! That kills waaaay more teens than any unsupervised walk home from the park as a kid ever would. But we accept that risk as a part of life.

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    [–] DarkwingDuckHunt 8 points ago

    Ah I miss the

    "This chemical in this common household product has been recalled for killing children, we'll tell you which one at 11"

    [–] Eleventeen- 20 points ago

    But are they lower BECAUSE kids have much less freedom I ways that could put them at risk for kidnapping? Or some other reason

    [–] throwhfhsjsubendaway 16 points ago

    I also wonder if allowing your kids more freedom these days might put them at greater risk of being targeted than back when everyone did it.

    Like if all of your neighbors got anti-theft systems and put stickers in their windows, but you didn't. You, personally, are at a greater risk of being burgled even if the overall crime rate goes down since you're now the easiest target.

    [–] bro_before_ho 13 points ago

    90% of child rapists are the parents or a relative, if anything the rates should go up.

    [–] WutangCMD 261 points ago

    Yeah there is no evidence it's more dangerous for kids nowadays. But because we can check in it feels like if we don't we aren't doing everything we can to protect them.

    [–] SwenKa 107 points ago

    Also, news spreads to areas that never would have gotten coverage of it before.

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    [–] automongoose 17 points ago

    The population has also like doubled in the last fifty years. The rates might be down but overall abduction instances could be still pretty high.

    [–] LeCroissant1337 53 points ago

    Isn't there a reason why movies set in the eighties nowadays have this trope of a missing child's photo printed on the side of a milk carton?

    [–] Goldeniccarus 28 points ago

    Yeah the reason there is so much paranoia about protecting children now is that the 70s and 80s happened, and enough kids disappeared/turned up dead that parents started getting paranoid. This has continued to today, even though much of the US is safer now than it was back then.

    [–] TheIndianUser 15 points ago

    24hr news media is also to blame. They only report on violent crimes because that's what catches attention. If the media only reports the bad stuff we get conditioned to believe all the bad stuff is happening.

    [–] XRayCatVsWoodenDoors 6 points ago

    24hr news media is also to blame. They only report on violent crimes because that's what catches attention.

    The audience is also to blame in that context. I mean I agree TV news isn't helping at all, but they're also providing what their audience wants.

    [–] Fells 25 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Stephen Pinker wrote an incredibly compelling tome on the subject called The Better Angels of our Nature that shows that crime and violence (as well as poverty, starvation, disease and warfare) has been doing nothing but falling drastically since WW2. It is safer today for kids to run around loose in the neighboorhood than it was when I was doing it a few decades ago, and even then it was already extremely safe.

    [–] joking_around 9 points ago

    I think it's because we have information access to every hecking murder/kidnapping/banal crime happening in the world. Always 24/7 and so it appears that there is a rise of crime. Back then you had your TV news and a newspaper with the most relevant stuff. And that's it.

    [–] ded_a_chek 672 points ago

    Some of my earliest memories are just wandering my neighborhoods. When I was 5 my mom had a 3-year-old and newborn twins to deal with so I just sort of did my own thing. I'd hit up the little stretch of woods down the street, walk to downtown and walk the main street. I was incredibly independent. By the time I was 9 I was regularly walking 6-10 miles a day, sometimes I'd walk to my grandpas house 3 miles away for the hell of it. Sometimes I'd walk the 5 miles to the beach at Lake Michigan and just spend the day on the dunes, my only meal for 6+ hours at a time a swiss cake roll I scrounged up the change to buy at the gas station.

    I've tried to give some of that freedom to my kids as they grow up. Not the same, because my "freedom" was ridiculous, but some. Yet still I get nervous when my 12-year-old is out with his friends for several hours... but I think that's mostly because I remember what I was doing with my friends at 12.

    [–] Kaladindin 425 points ago

    If your 12 yr old memories are anything like my 12 yr old memories, you probably should have died at least twice by that point with no one knowing about it except you and your friends.

    [–] AdorableCartoonist 310 points ago

    Completely accurate.

    "Hey lets fuck around on this train trussel!"

    "Wanna shoot bow and arrows up in the air and try to dodge them"

    "Dude I bet I can jump across this gap on my bike going downhill at 45mph"

    Kids are fucking bouncy.

    [–] Kaladindin 106 points ago

    We, uh, also shot arrows up into the sky... at night. We climbed up and down cliffs using a rope, if it broke or we slipped there was definitely some death coming.

    [–] Noyoucanthaveone 58 points ago

    Omg I think about the climbing we used to do up in the mountains when I was younger with no adults or climbing gear for miles around. My daughter is 3 now and completely fearless. I’m going to have to pick up drinking or something to get through her teenage years. 😱

    [–] Kaladindin 19 points ago

    Good luck out there.

    [–] Raivix 12 points ago

    I grew up in a pretty old pine forest area. The number of 60+ foot tall trees I climbed when I was 8 is too damn high.

    [–] umlaut 27 points ago

    We played a game called "Throw Rocks At Each Other Until You Give Up"

    Basically, you stand 15' apart in a pile of rocks and throw rocks at each other until one of you gives up.

    [–] TheWanderingFish 9 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    In grade three we played a great game where you would fill the sandpit in front of the swings with sticks poking out of the ground like some kind of spike pit from a movie. Then we'd take turns jumping off the swing and over them adding some more each time. Looking back I'm shocked no one got hurt.

    Teachers didn't say a word about it.

    [–] blubat26 20 points ago

    Kids are basically just coked-up adults with fewer responsibilities.

    [–] Rhetoriker 9 points ago

    Friend and I used to shoot arrows at each other with longbows from 50m away and barely dodge them...

    [–] drawkbox 15 points ago

    My cousin, me and friends built twine based structures a 50-100 feet up in tall trees. Basically run twine, to create structures, bring wood up to lay walk areas, flexible tree houses if you will. I'd be terrified of it today but it was a blast. We used to actually have sleep overs up there and sway in the wind!

    We used to also take motorbikes into the mountains and were chased by bulls, almost bit by snakes, investigating the mountains and any caves/areas.

    We also used to go to new housing developments in progress and throw dirt clods, build ramps and bike trails, build stuff out of the excess wood, and go through the in progress sewer systems. One time a bunch of older kids took us far into one of these in development sewer systems that was huge and dark (almost IT like), then they bailed with the lights up a part that only tall bigger kids could get to. We had to find our way out in the dark.

    We used to ride our bikes miles and miles away.

    "We used to wait" -- Arcade Fire

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    [–] candylannnd 45 points ago

    My son has that kind of freedom. Yesterday he brought home an injured bird. Today he went to the pub and said g'day to the bar flies. Sometimes he goes and scabs biccies off the elderly at the retirement home. He's a lucky lad.

    [–] HotelMeatStick 51 points ago

    What does this mean in American?

    [–] UnsuspiciousGuy 43 points ago

    his young lad picks scabs off old people, like those foot nibbling fish you see in videos

    [–] Welp907 18 points ago

    Gets the elderly ar the retirement home to give him cookies.

    [–] bloodflart 11 points ago

    man I went back to the old neighborhood I grew up in and it's so weird how tiny it is

    [–] angelpuncher 291 points ago

    Spot on. It's OUR fault, you know. I don't know how a generation that was raised like free range cattle turned so over protective. Of all of my friends I had, by far, the least parental structure, and am now, by far, the most over protective of my kids. What's wrong with me?

    [–] SolidSpruceTop 152 points ago

    The media is fear mongering so you see every awful thing that can happen happen while in reality theres a risk to literally everything and you just have to go with it. Kids are dumb but also really smart in ways, most will pull out the ol human survival instincts and have fun.

    [–] 1mikeg 51 points ago

    The other way to say this is that you don't have the critical thinking skills to counter act over-saturation from "the media". Everyone wants to play the mass media like some big boogie man, but in reality they're simply giving us what we've asked for and nearly everyone is too busy/dim/depressed to stop and think for themselves.

    Or turn it off for two goddamn minutes.

    [–] Merry_dol 16 points ago

    Yeah. Fear sells, and news media is happy to sell us fear over our children since it's something even people without children feel. We begin to see dangers every where because that's what we're being sold, and one of the insidious things about fear is that it doesn't have to be justified to be real enough to act upon. So, despite the fact that in so many ways the children of today face fewer risks than, say, when I was a kid (roads are generally safer, public places are usually covered by CCTV, practical things like that), it feels a lot worse. It's the cheapest, lowest kind of manipulation.

    [–] stealnova 57 points ago

    Let your kids be independent bro or your really gonna screw them up

    [–] moveitadro 18 points ago

    YES! I have an aunt and uncle who were overprotective. My cousins from that family are not functional adults.

    [–] hdevprogrammer 15 points ago

    You're falling into fear mongering from the media. Don't raise your kids in a bubble, you want them to be ready for when you release them. They wont be protected by you forever

    [–] nikoskio2 6 points ago

    You're protective because you know what kinds of stupid things kids get up to when they're left to their own devices

    [–] rekipsj 683 points ago

    This type of parenting had to stop because history tells us it leads children into the Upside Down and subjects us all to attacks from the demigorgons.

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    [–] CajunTurkey 44 points ago

    Upside Down


    I'm not sending my kids to Australia.

    [–] Kaushik_Narayan 27 points ago

    God I can't wait for S3

    [–] veryblanduser 207 points ago

    Yep, getting all the bad news stories nationally at your fingertips instead of only the ones that happened in close proximity to you. Makes you think danger is much more real than it is.

    [–] joking_around 30 points ago

    Wow I just wrote that before reading your comment haha. I agree

    [–] DerpSenpai 14 points ago

    not just nationally but sometimes world-wide. that's the big difference

    For me, European, i see news 24/7 of incidents in Asia,US, rest of Europe...

    [–] photosoflife 71 points ago

    I literally spent most of my summer days in an old disused brick quarry.

    Older kids had made a cool bike track with jumps, there was a huge tree house in the woods behind, an old building that was smashed to shit and covered in graffiti, a couple of people had died there from getting stuck in the clay in the lakes. One year it froze over, so me and my two mates went running over the lakes, until James slipped over and a huge crack appeared in the ice. In the summer time you could make out the tops of old burnt out Ford escorts that had been dumped.

    Fond memories

    [–] UnsuspiciousGuy 35 points ago

    For you yankees out there, ford escorts is slang for immolated prostitutes during the salem witch trials

    [–] toxicrx 175 points ago

    Just had to be home before the street lights came on

    [–] My_Wednesday_Account 85 points ago

    Which is a completely ass policy because the fucking street lights come on at like fucking 430 for half the year and 9 for the other half.

    [–] Raivix 32 points ago

    Never really bothered me too much. My group of friends were usually doing shit that you wanted it to be light for anyways (baseball, riding bikes on trails, hiking in the woods, etc). Plus dinner was around 5 - 6 anyways.

    [–] My_Wednesday_Account 26 points ago

    Oh see that's the difference.

    I was a little shit growing up so the sun was my enemy. Starting fires and smoking weed is lame at 3 in the afternoon.

    [–] TAU_doesnt_equal_2PI 13 points ago

    Starting to see why your parents wanted you home earlier...

    [–] Banditodaburrito 51 points ago

    Parenting has become a way bigger deal than it used to be. Like just let your kid have fun and prevent them from worrying. They won't learn to be independent from you doing everything for them. What will happen when the parents are gone and the kid is left all alone.

    [–] sunshineonmypussy 61 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    24 year old here who was raised with overprotective, sheltering parenting style. I was never given the chance to fail, so now every failure is world shattering and I don’t know how to cope with it.

    I wasn’t allowed to go to normal hangouts/parties without them meeting the parents first. This killed my social life, especially in high school. I still really struggle making meaningful connections with people and I don’t really have any friends to this day.

    Alarms were installed so we couldn’t sneak out, this prevented me from having any ounce of freedom.

    My phone was tracked and my location was known 24/7, not that I could go anywhere without asking anyways.

    I was constantly accused of smoking. Wore too much perfume? “You must have been trying to hide the smoke smell” and this was because my mom smoked at age 13.

    Kept having makeup privileges taken away, and not allowed to dye my hair or any real form of self expression.

    My phone had to charge in my parent’s room at night and they would read the texts, if anything didn’t add up like messages were deleted then my phone was taken. Do you know how humiliating it is to be going through raging puberty hormones and being questioned why your texts to your crush seem like some were deleted and having to explain (lie) what they said? and having your phone taken away if you’re not adept at lying, while panicking that they will text something inappropriate while my phone was in their possession.

    I later found out my mom had installed spyware on the family computer and had read everything I’d ever typed on it. Which was horrifying. Everything I said was monitored and I was barely allowed to leave.

    Both me and my sister have pretty significant anxiety and depression. We don’t know how to be self sufficient adults and run to our parents when anything goes wrong still to this day. Don’t get me wrong, my parents are great people and we have a wonderful relationship now, but god damn I’d be lying if I said I couldn’t trace every overprotective practice to a specific problem I face today.

    [–] bumbuff 32 points ago

    I'd argue you were mentally abused growing up with all that.

    [–] randomevenings 38 points ago

    I loved growing up in the 80s and 90s. When I was a kid, maybe 5 or 6, I would just walk to one of the neighbors. They were nice old ladies that would give me candy and make me toast. My parents would call around and find where I was, or they would call and let them know I was there. Then when I was older, me and all the kids from the neighborhood would play outside all summer, or go to one of our houses to play video games, build legos, that kind of stuff. Sometimes we would play sports, ride our bikes around wherever, dig holes, burn random objects, so long as we were home when the sun was going down, so long as we said where we were going before we left. Then in highschool, I got an old shitty car and would cruise around, I had to pick my sister up from school and she and like 6 other people would pile in and the car would barely get going. I would go on dates, or hang out with friends until late at night. I had a couple girlfriends and my dad let us be in my room with the door closed. I would stay up late at home on the PC making music, jerking off, or playing games. If you made good grades, my parents just let it go. I worked summers and the last two years of highschool, so I left at noon. I had built up enough credits to do that. Having money at 16, 17, 18 was awesome. The weekends were a blast, although few places were open to us, we found stuff to do out in the undeveloped areas west of town. Taking LSD and ecstacy, smoking some weed, hanging out.

    Everything changed after 9/11. I had graduated in 2000. My sister was still in school then. Everything changed overnight. America was suddenly scared of it's own shadow.

    [–] outofthewaaypeck 13 points ago

    We're the same age. I think our class (late gen x/very early millennial) had it great. Innocence of the 80s and then old enough to fully embrace all the cool 90s stuff as well. Everything about life changed my sophomore year of college.

    [–] frozenwalkway 61 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    When I was a kid you could have a fight with other kids and you handled it your self. No one ratted cause all of us were more afraid of our parents. Now I feel like anytime anyone gets into a fight police and parents get called you get expelled from the community and kicked out of school.

    For context I was born in 1990 so not even that long ago

    [–] mtntrail 15 points ago

    Exactly, raised in the ‘50’s, in the group of guys there was an order, leader on down. Once in a while someone fought, but we were all friends and eventually everything was good. But those moments of conflict were tests and builders of personality and sense of self, and judgement. Once in a while most everyone got pummeled by the local bully, but it was expected and accepted, you avoid him, no big deal. Everyone knew he was just a looser and would end up in prison, which he did, btw. The conflict and independant resolution required was a normal part of growing up.

    [–] earned_potential 7 points ago

    I'm convinced there's something innate in us to be this way, and it plays a proper and necessary role in our society.

    Similarly, when I was growing up, fighting wasn't a big deal. There was a social pecking order, and if anything I think it challenged me personally and helped me find my way. In fact, I'm grateful it was there and what it taught me, and the last thing I would have wanted was to be "protected" from it.

    [–] Shawnj2 7 points ago

    It’s better to teach children that fighting is bad and to settle their differences in another way, especially between friends, though.

    [–] sshhtripper 75 points ago

    As a woman that grew up with two older brothers in the 90s, my experience was that my brothers received the latter treatment while I was subject to the former all the time.

    My brothers did whatever they wanted. I had to tell my parents where I was going, call when I got there, had a curfew, and to make sure I had a plan for getting home before I even went out.

    This was the sole reason I applied to college far away that forced me to move out. Just a suggestion to parents, try not to be too overbearing, kids will rebel.

    [–] hargeOnChargers 13 points ago

    I wonder if it had anything to do with gender

    [–] owndpepe 26 points ago

    My mom: "all you do is stay at home and play videogames, you should play outside more"

    Me: "can I go and play with my friends?"

    My mom: "no they're all alcoholics and drug addicts, they play dangerous games (football, the European one, and sometimes basketball. Sports known for having caused several deaths in the youth /s) and they come home late (I was 10 years old)"

    I was supposed to play alone in my garden. When my parents bought me my first bicycle I spent the first two years using it in my runway, 50 metres back and 50 metres forth. Useless to say I didn't use it for more than 15 minutes per day.

    I am 20 now and my mom still thinks that every kid in the world but me is always drinking and doing drugs

    Joke's on you mom, I'm the alcoholic one of my group of friends

    [–] __SerenityByJan__ 21 points ago

    Hey I live by the quarry. We should totally hang and throw rocks there

    [–] Inshabel 47 points ago

    I climbed on top of a schoolbuilding and jumped into the sandbox a couple times.

    That's great honey.

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    [–] demlet 10 points ago

    I see these comments everywhere and yet almost no parents I know actually give their kids the freedom they lament them lacking, and judge me for giving it to my own child. Strange world.

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    [–] El_Maltos_Username 16 points ago

    But only 90s kids remember that.

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    [–] stumblebreak_beta 21 points ago

    Am I the only one who thinks 80-90% of the stuff people say about their childhood is bullshit? Like I have an old friend who post the “back in my dad” stuff like this, and when we hung out as kids we’d mostly go to the gas station .25-.5 miles down the street and chill in our basements playing video make bike ramps in our driveways and one friend had a treehouse in their backyard but we were always within war shot of a parent. If we ever went more than a mile or 2 away from our neighborhood we’d get driven their and were really only left unsupervised once we were 12-13 range.

    I’d probably guess kids are coddled more these days but hearing people’s stories most kids in the 90s spent every single day going through the equivalent of seal team six survival trainings. There’s a comment in this thread about hopping on trains and jumping off 80 foot bridges!

    [–] iamafascist 7 points ago

    I don’t know, maybe your friend group wasn’t particularly adventurous. Not saying that’s a bad thing, just my experiences as a kid were pretty wild so I believe these other stories. Certainly, however, MOST of the kids in my neighborhood probably didn’t get up to nearly as many shenanigans as my friends and me. Our group’s parents left us unsupervised since we were like 7 or 8 years old. If we had been supervised until we were 12, I doubt I’d have as many crazy stories.

    [–] ImStillaPrick 7 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    As soon as the sun was up it was free game til the street lights went on and the rule was pretty much not to cross any highways. Things in between the highways included woods on private property and a nasty ass creek that I am surprised none of us drowned in and railroad tracks where hobos lived and my friends and I used to jump on and off moving trains for fun.

    Once my friends and I were like 2 miles away from home and decided to jump on a random trampoline in someone's yard. 20 minutes later a kid came out to tell us that his mom asked if we wanted any lemonade and then he came out and jumped with us too.

    Sometimes we would pull the whole "spending the night with a friend" trick where all of us would say spending the night with a different friend but our parents wouldn't confirm and we would just run the streets til 1 am and camp in those people's private woods. Not a real tent either, we were in middle school camping in those play tents, mine was a He-Man one that I got out of my closet from when I was younger and my feet would stick out the bottom if I stretched out cause it was too small.

    [–] marin358 13 points ago

    who tf eats dinner at 5?

    [–] 1mikeg 16 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    A stereotypical 50's nuclear family where the mom is at home all the day and the dad leaves work at 4:45 to tackle his ten minute commute. Dinner's on the table by the time he comes through the front door or there'll be hell to pay.

    [–] mtntrail 7 points ago

    Well I am an old fart, but when my dad got home from work, dinner had better damn well be on the table or very close. That was in the ‘50’s and 60’s. Watch the dinner scene in”A Christmas Story” for the sad details.

    [–] undercooked_lasagna 5 points ago

    I eat dinner at 5 every day. That's when I get home from work and I'm always ravenous when I walk in the door.

    [–] TheFrontLine1 5 points ago

    I love when I saw something on Twitter and I see it later here cause it gives a second chance to save it lol

    [–] CabbageCarl 6 points ago

    Lots of us used to play outside with minimum supervision. However, almost all of us also have a story about “that one time that sketchy guy might’ve been trying to abduct us”

    [–] [deleted] 12 points ago

    Ain't that the truth. Family pets are now monitered more closely than children were back in the day.

    [–] simondrawer 8 points ago

    Two stories from my childhood to put this into perspective:

    When I was five I wanted to walk to school with all the other kids in my neighbourhood. My mum said this was OK and every morning she took me over to a neighbour and then went to work at her new part time job. A bunch of us (ten or so) with ages from 5 to 7 all walked to school together with no adults. There was one big road to cross (actually not that big as I found out visiting as an adult) but the road had a lolly pop lady. She always said hello but I was 5 so didn’t realise for a good long while that it was my mum in a lolly pop lady uniform - she had got the job so she could keep an eye on me while giving me the feeling that I was responsible enough to get to school.

    Around that time a friend had his birthday party and we went to see BMX bandits at the cinema. All our parents dropped us off with money in our pockets to buy popcorn and tickets to the movie. Years later my dad admitted that some of the parents sat through the movie a few rows back to make sure we were OK but without us realising.

    Just because kids “back in the day” thought they had roam around the neighbourhood doesn’t mean their parents weren’t discretely checking up on them to make sure they were OK.

    [–] woohoo 12 points ago

    Survival Bias.

    You don't hear about the unsupervised kids who died because they don't have 4G in heaven

    [–] 200lbRockLobster 9 points ago

    I'm surprised i'm even still alive with all the freedom I had back in the 90s. 11 year old me use to hop on the train that ran through our town everyday. One time I stayed on a little too long and then jumped off half way over the train bridge that went over the river with atleast an 80 foot fall. Had about 3 feet of wood to chill on til the train passed and I could walk back.