My mum wouldn't let us have idiot string 'cos she said she could always knit us a pair of mittins in an evening if we lost one/them, and sides, bullies would pull them through your coat just to annoy you! I remember wearing a balaclava once!
We never trod in dog poo either, although there was far more of it about then! It seemed so anyway.
Jumping in puddles was only allowed if accompanied by an aunt/uncle!
Oooh, and my Aunt Greta always knitted out school jumpers/cardies and any knitted wear as required.
We'd have to wear the same school shirts/blouses until the collar was in need of a wash. THEN it got changed.
We was poor but happy! Happy Days!