I know things are a lot different today than they were when I was a kid.

I mean, I don't mind the way I was raised, but I like to think we've tried as a society to try to improve and learn from our mistakes.  And now, there's some stuff out there that's just different than it was back in the day.

1. Leaving you home alone. A lot of states have laws now that say you can't leave a child unsupervised if they're under 12. In some states it's younger than that, and in Illinois it's 14. So you see stories like the one in South Carolina, where a woman got arrested back in July for letting her 9-year-old play at a park while she worked at McDonald's.

2. Smoking while you were in the car. A bunch of states are still in the process of making it illegal to smoke cigarettes with kids in the car. But severall states have already done it, including: Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon, and Utah.

3. Letting you ride in the car without a seatbelt. All 50 states now have laws that require car seats or seat belts for kids. New Hampshire is the only one where ADULTS don't have to wear a seatbelt . . . they just officially 'suggest' it.  In most cases you won't get Arrested for it, you'll get a fine. But if you crash and they get hurt because they weren't buckled in, you could see jail time.

4. Taking photos of you in the tub. It's legal to take photos of your kids in the buff . . . but  a couple in Arizona took a roll of film to Walmart, and the person who developed it thought some of the bath photos were CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.  All the charges were eventually dropped. But both parents had to register as sex offenders until it was dealt with . . . the mom got suspended from her job at a school . . . and their kids ended up in foster care for a month.  Although one thing is, since nobody really uses film anymore you might be okay.  Unless you're posting naked baby pictures on social media or something.

I mean, I get it, we're trying to be better and safer. But man, life for kids is so much different than it was when I was a kid. And that's a good thing in many aspects.

What's one thing that hugely different about your childhood versus what kids are doing today? What's something you think is better than the past?  What's something you wish would come back?

Childishly yours,


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