These would never fly today.
The hardest job in the world has changed a lot over the past 50 years. Case in point: these quotes from Millennial and Gen-X parents, recalling things they heard as kids that they wouldn’t dare say to their children now.
“IF YOU DON’T QUIT TOUCHING YOUR BROTHER I’LL CUT YOUR FINGERS OFF AND LET THE DOCTOR SEW THEM BACK ON.”
“My mom used to say stuff like this to get us kids to stop fighting with each other. It was always meant more funny than serious, but I don’t think I would dare say this to my kids in public today.” — Lizzie Vance, Seattle, Washingto
“PUT SOME BEER IN HER BOTTLE — IT’LL HELP HER SLEEP.”
“Not only did my grandmother used to say this but she actually did it to my mom. We have a picture of my mom with a beer-filled baby bottle when she was about 2. My grandma also gave her brandy when she was feeling sick, even as a toddler. Thankfully my mom did not carry on this advice to her kids.” — Ellen Myers, Cincinnati, Ohio
“DON’T CALL UNLESS SOMEONE IS DEAD OR THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE.”
“We weren’t allowed to call our parents at work unless it was an actual emergency and even then we were supposed to call 911 first. Kids were expected to solve their own problems. In contrast, my daughters text me all the time, tattling on each other for the littlest things.” — Sue Hardgrove, Denver, Colorado