Parenting Is Different Now Than It Was In The Past

So Don’t Judge Us

Jessica Hillis
Jan 10 · 6 min read

“Well, back when my kids were little, we didn’t…”

Guess what Susan? Things are different now. We can’t parent the same way you used to. And I’ve met your offspring. I don’t think I will be taking my parenting advice from you.

Did you make your kids go outside all day while you sat and talked on the phone with your girlfriends?

I remember going outside to play and not coming home until dinner. I was outside with the neighbor kids pretty much from sun up until sun down. If I dared go back in the house, my mom would shoo me right back out.

Image by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay

Did you leave your kid in the car while you went into the grocery store?

This was done all the time in the 80s and 90s. My mom would run to the store and say, “You girls stay in the car while I run in and shop.” And we would. As nice as that would be to do these days, I can’t even consider it.

Did you spank your kids when they were misbehaving?

Again, CPS would be coming for us if we tried that. Not that I would spank my kids anyway. There are better forms of punishment than smacking them.

Did you have a job outside of the home that your family depended on for its survival?

Most moms today HAVE to work. Most homes need 2 incomes to survive in today’s economy. Yet, most moms are still expected to carry the load of housework along with that demanding job. There is literally not enough time in the day to do it all. There just isn’t.

Did you have every “expert” on the internet telling you how you should be raising your child and how you’re doing it all wrong?

No, you did your best and you didn’t feel guilty because you couldn’t be a Pinterest worthy mom.

It’s A Different World Now

This isn’t the 1980s anymore. Things are different for moms now. You could send your little darlings out to play and then forget about them. You weren’t expected to entertain them all day long.

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Jessica Hillis

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Writer and mother. I try to keep it real because I’m not “loving every moment”. Follow me or email

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