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50 Ways Parenting Has Changed in the Last 50 Years

Best Life Logo By Sarah Crow of Best Life | Slide 1 of 51: For the past 50 years, parents have been saddled with many of the same struggles. Whether you've raised kids in the 21st century or you reared your brood back in the 1950s and '60s, it's likely that you've frantically called a last-minute babysitter so you could rush one kid to the doctor, tackled a papier-mâché solar system diorama the night before it was due, and hoped against hope your kid didn’t wreck the car when he took it for his first solo spin.However, in other ways, modern parenting is practically unrecognizable—both for better and for worse. While today's parents can find out medically necessary information about their babies before they're born and have digital distractions that allow them to shower in peace, they're also up against huge increases in the cost of living and the ever-looming threat of what’s lurking on the internet. Read on to discover 50 ways parenting has changed in the past 50 years. And for more changes to the parenting landscape, check out these 30 Things Parents Have to Worry About Now That They Didn’t 30 Years Ago.

50 Ways Parenting Has Changed in the Last 50 Years

For the past 50 years, parents have been saddled with many of the same struggles. Whether you've raised kids in the 21st century or you reared your brood back in the 1950s and '60s, it's likely that you've frantically called a last-minute babysitter so you could rush one kid to the doctor, tackled a papier-mâché solar system diorama the night before it was due, and hoped against hope your kid didn’t wreck the car when he took it for his first solo spin.

However, in other ways, modern parenting is practically unrecognizable—both for better and for worse. While today's parents can find out medically necessary information about their babies before they're born and have digital distractions that allow them to shower in peace, they're also up against huge increases in the cost of living and the ever-looming threat of what’s lurking on the internet. Read on to discover 50 ways parenting has changed in the past 50 years. 

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