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Retro vs. Modern Parenting Tips

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On the sunkissed scale of pasty to pale (skin), I tend to land on the barely beige end of the spectrum. Long gone are the beach days of spring seasons’ past, back when my brood’s only commitment was fun in the sun. Nowadays, the kids own us, between school, dancing, Hollywood, lacrosse and tee ball we are in what seems like five places at once. But, you can be sure they are already counting down the days till summer.

It’s funny to look back and see how much has changed from my childhood to theirs, especially when it comes to summertime staples like sunscreen. When I was growing up (at maybe 11 or 12 years old), I can remember my mom mixing iodine with baby oil to achieve the perfect beach tan. Do you believe that?! I guess it went with the territory. We spent most of our summers going to the jersey shore, and you’d better believe Gym * Tan * Laundry was a thing way before MTV stopped playing music videos. These days at the Schaffer household, it’s more like Laundry Laundry Laundry.

As they say, ignorance is bliss, and in the eighties, many of our parents weren’t privy to the harm that would later result from not properly dosing children when it comes to over the counter drugs (OTCs), and that includes sunscreen. Today, it’s quite the opposite, and instead of information shortage, it’s more like information overload. Research studies, interviews and articles all tell us the facts, while fellow parents, aunts, uncles and friends seemingly have all the solutions (if you ask them)! I’ll leave them out of it for now, and simply sum up what NOT to do when it comes to safely dosing your children this spring.


Be sure to watch the video below for some retro vs modern parenting takeaways, of which you may or may not relate!


Here are my top three things to look out for when treating your kids with OTCs this spring:

Safe Medicine Dosing – Be precise with the right device when giving kids over-the-counter (OTC) medicine, and never ever use a kitchen spoon. Always use the measuring device that comes with the packaging. For more specifics on safe dosing, click here to visit the KnowYourOTCs.org website.

Sunscreen – Now that winter is behind us, and the temperatures are rising, it’s time to start thinking about staying safe from the sun. Visit the KnowYourOTCs.org website for all things sunscreen and safety this spring. And, don’t forget to reapply!

Sleep Routines – From newborn babies through the teen years, sleep schedules and sleep routines can be less than awesome at times. With four little ones – trust me – I totally get it. We all just want a nice, peaceful, uninterrupted night of sleep! Something we deserve beyond just Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, am I right?! Check out this article on the KnowYourOTCs.org site, which details advice for parents with kids of any age – on how to tackle sleep challenges – along with helpful reminders on how many hours of sleep kids need at different ages.

Being the subject of the ultimate parenting faux pas may have had its merits from a twelve-year-old’s perspective. Although sporting the most bronzed skin on the beach was pretty cool for a tween on the Jersey Shore, I can now attribute some of my skin damage to those glory days on the coast. We live and hopefully we learn, from our own mistakes and perhaps from the parenting misses of those who raised us, who, for better or for worse, didn’t have as hefty a manual we today call technology.

With the abundance of parenting information out there, I couldn’t be more proud to partner with KnowYourOTCs.org to be a voice for so many important topics regarding safety for our children! What’s your favorite parenting faux pas from yesteryear? Please share by commenting below!

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15 comments

  1. That is such a great video! It’s amazing how much knowledge we’ve gained over the years about staying healthy and how UNHEALTHY some things we used to do are.

  2. Your photography is absolutely beautiful! I just love how you captured all of these special moments, yet none of them are posed. These are the best memories to have!

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      Awe that is so nice of you! THANKS hope it was helpful

  3. My mom always talks about how she and her sisters used to use tanning oil as teens, too! I’m thankful that we now know more about the dangers of sun exposure because when you’re as pale as me, it’s so important to protect your skin.

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      Awe thanks… Crazy what our parents did to us right ha

  4. I agree with the sunscreen. My parents didn’t keep me covered in it and I burned all the time!

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      Gosh I bet… not sure I ever used it either…. ughhh

  5. It’s crazy how different life is from when we were kids. I feel like we have to be so much more careful, or maybe we are all just too paranoid?

  6. Such a nice post. I am a parent of two and those are really useful tips. I will definitely share this with my friends who are also a parent thank you for sharing this.

  7. Sunscreen, haha. We never used it because we can’t afford it when I was younger. But today it is a must. Love all the photos, so beautiful!

  8. Ive never used sunscreen before or gotten sunburn (my skin is also very very dark so that may have something to do with it), but i know how dangerous the sun can be. I always encourage my friends to lather up lol

  9. Sunscreen is definitely something that is different, but since i have friends my age with melanoma, I am all about protecting my kids. I got the majority of my sun in my youth.

  10. My parents laugh all the time about how they’re surprised my siblings and I all survived. Can’t say I find the jokes funny, but it is comical to know what they thought was ok!

  11. This Very Nice and attractive Article…

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