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What Childhood Was Like Growing Up In the 40s

by: Evelyn Hannon

I grew up in the 40s without television to distract me or CNN to scare me. News didn’t travel as fast back then so my parents and I were not traumatized by horrendous tales of kids being murdered or kidnapped when allowed outside unattended.

Thinking back to when I was nine, I can’t remember what the furniture in my room looked like but I do have vivid memories of our quirky neighbours and the small five and dime shops up and down our street. Reading, colouring and listening to stories on the radio were for rainy days only. Every free moment we had, we begged our moms for permission to go outside to play with friends. We were taught not to speak to strangers and then set free to run with the pack...


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What Childhood Was Like Growing Up In the 60s

by: Erica Ehm

I had a weird and wild childhood. Weird as in good, I guess.

When I was six years old, my crazy-kind-of hippy parents bought a summer camp IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. My sister and I got used to being on our own in the great outdoors, making our own fun. My parents had no idea where we were at any given time. 

The city was equally carefree and unsupervised for us. If you grew up in my generation, you too probably have stories of taking off in the morning with a gang of buddies and showing up at home when the sun went down. We hung out with the kids on the street, walked or biked all around the hood to our friends' places and came home when our tummies grumbled. Once again, my parents didn't have a clue where we were...

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Twenty-five years ago, Evelyn Hannon put a backpack on and set out to see the world. Since that time she's worked hard to inspire other women worldwide to travel safely and well.

Her free award-winning travel tip newsletter is read by 65,000 women in over 100 countries and territories. She invites you to sign on, too! Visit journeywoman.com.

Erica Ehm has gone from rock'n roll to rocking the cradle. After a decade starring on MuchMusic, she had kids and is the founder of YMC.ca and the Ehm & Co, a digital agency focused on moms. Erica's two teens Josh and Jessie, and hubby Terry help her put life into perspective.