24 Ways Our Working Mothers Had It Easier Than We Do

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Kids ran around without much supervision

kids running

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It was far more acceptable to let younger kids run around their neighborhood and into and out of their friends’ houses in the 70’s, 80’s, and even early 90’s. This was before the Amber Alert program came out (which happened in 1996, according to this government site). It was before we all knew names like Elizabeth Smart or Elizabeth Fritzl. Back then, aside from neighborhood wide adult games of ‘telephone’, the way people found out about missing kids and their abductors was from milk cartons. While we’re sure the program was a well thought out line of communication at the time, it had nothing on the immediate and reactionary effect of social medial today. The world then seemed smaller and safer, a thing a lot of us moms wouldn’t mind feeling again today. Jerry Seinfeld famously tells the story of how his mom would put him on a string and attach it to the garage door. Then, she’d turn around, go inside, and do whatever housework needed to be done. He managed to get himself off the string and out into the neighborhood everyday, somehow never alerting his mom. Seriously, I’m pretty sure we’d get arrested for that. You can hear the hilarious Jerry interview here.

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