24 Ways Our Working Mothers Had It Easier Than We Do

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Screen time limitations? Who says?

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While there was television and cartoons in the 70’s and 80’s, there wasn’t prolonged or vastly published research on its effects on kids. Mothers could turn on the television and go about making their casseroles and drinking their mint juleps without guilt. Kids were expected to self monitor or give over the tube when someone else’s program was on. Now, with streaming and instant access to entertainment like YouTube, the need to hand over the television or other device is gone. Kids can literally sit around all day, switching between movies, specials, and content influencers without pause if that’s what they want to do. However, I just read that moms used to worry that the radio was too “emotionally overstimulating” for young people. Maybe it’s just in our natures to overthink this parenting thing?

Health nuts hadn’t yet made an appearance

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The idea of checking labels and boycotting GMOs hadn’t sprouted yet. Moms in the 70’s and 80’s fed their kids SPAM, made “salads” with absolutely no lettuce or earthy things, and literally supported the invention of hamburger helper. As this mom said over at Scary Mommy, “Poor kids face lives without ice cream or peanut butter. Eating was simpler back in the ’70s and ’80s.” Crunchy moms or moms that avoid meats, cheeses, and processed sugars and therefore have their children nix these items as well were unheard of. There were no Kourtney Kardashians pushing the benefits of clean eating and bodies weighing under a hundred lbs. Honestly, living like that sounds like culinary heaven (cause there’s no diabetes or food allergies in heaven, right?).

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