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Edited: 5 Things You Did In The 70s That You Could Never Do Today . . .

Call it nostalgia. Call it retro. Call it the “good old days.” But what parents let their children get away with in the 70s would be considered child abuse today.

5 min readAug 27, 2022


Originally posted on Huffington Post Jan 3, 2016, 01:07 AM EST

The 1970s were a special time in America. We celebrated our 200th year of independence, we had disco, and we protested the Vietnam War. But with 200 years of independence, one would think that a person living in America was free to live their life the way they see fit.

Not so.

There were things we did in the ’70s we could never do today. Now, I’m not talking about murder or tax evasion or even a Brady Bunch reboot… nothing that drastic. I’m talking about things done privately… inside the family.

There are five things that you could do in the ’70s that you could never, ever get away with today because they are so despicable, at least to “p.c.” police, they would have you arrested and Child Protective Services would take your children away… probably.

1. Drinking from the garden hose. There is a study going around the Internet by the Ecology Center which says basically that drinking from the water hose is bad for your health. The study says that water from the hose contains “lead” and “levels of BPA at 20 times higher than those of safe drinking water levels.” I think we always suspected that it wasn’t a healthy option from the start.

When we drank from the water hose, we didn’t worry about BPAs and lead, this was the last thing we thought about as kids when we were out playing. We just wanted a quick drink. It wasn’t as if we were drinking gallons of water from the hose. Besides, kids didn’t look at statistics and findings when they were outside playing and thirsty. They lived on the edge.

They played hard and lived hard.

Children today? Not so edgy. Not so hard.



ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer