Quoting Man. Bear. Pig.:" Again... lol. I said that I loved that society had evolved and that civil rights and women's rights ... [snip!] ... and women's rights were different now. I am strictly speaking of how children and people behaved then, within a family unit."
I understand that. My point was more so to give my personal perspective on the 50's. Not to insinuate that you must have no problems with the things I mentioned.
Truthfully, I don't have much reverence for parents of past generations. Children were often more respectful because they weren't allowed an opinion, or a voice. The past generations in my
family were often smacked, hit, or verbally abused for the smallest infractions. In my Parenting Psych course last semester, we learned that child abuse wasn't even taken as seriously until the 60's-early 70's. The whole "children should be seen not heard thing" was the way to go, and authoritarian parenting, which is usually highly discouraged by psychologists, was the way of life for most families. Now today, you see a lot of permissive parents who set little boundaries for children, which isn't any better.
The pendulum has swung from one extreme to the next. I prefer a middle ground. It's not hard for me to look back on past parenting and see exactly why kids are the way they are today.