If you grew up in the 90s or 00s, you had it good. It was a simpler time when the concept of helicopter parenting made about as much sense as the jokes on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show (because, yeah, of course your parents let you stay up late to watch TV). Since we’re suckers for nostalgia, we asked our millennial staff members and social media followers about the things their boomer parents used to do that simply would not fly today. And honestly? It’s kind of incredible that we made it out alive. Read the list below and remember the good times.
1. Ride in the car without a car seat...or a seatbelt. Remember sitting in the ‘back back’ of the station wagon, facing backwards towards the car behind you at age 6? Fun…but also really dangerous.
2. Roam around the neighborhood all day long by ourselves. Hey, as long as we were home for dinner, our parents didn’t care what we were doing.
3. Leave us in the car to go into the grocery store. Pretty sure that would get you arrested now.