Fifty Shades of Pink – 50 Things Parents Do To Embarrass Their Teen

Fifty Shades of Pink – 50 Things Parents Do To Embarrass Their Teen

Fifty Shades..

…of pink that is! How much and how often do you embarrass your teen(s)? My most recent embarrassment came when I told the kids I had a movie date with my girlfriends for Sunday night. As much as they love movies, they were initially baffled that I was going to the movies with friends, not them. Imagine that! Then one teen caught on and said; ‘You’re not going to see THAT movie, are you?’ “Yes, children, I am going to see ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ and yes, I read all three books and yes, I enjoyed them.” Without that movie coming out, I would have never told them! (That would have been my dirty little secret.)

But since the beans were spilled…Gack! They were embarrassed and I could tell right away that the discussion was going to end there. Actually, I think they are going to pretend the conversation never happened and I am pretty sure they aren’t going to ask me how the movie was when I get home on Sunday.

What Things Do You Do To Embarrass Your Teen?

I was sure my (3) teens would be happy and willing to spill the beans about being embarrassed by me or their dad when I asked them to contribute to this article, but mercifully, they each only came up with one example. The rest of the 47 shades came from my memory; where their utter looks of embarrassment and disgusted facial expressions are etched forever.

Fifty Shades

Fifty Shades of Pink

50 Things Parents Do To Embarrass Their Teen

  1. Showing up at school for lunch
  2. Showing up at school for an award ceremony
  3. Showing up at school in the wrong clothes
  4. Calling their friends’ parents
  5. Befriending their friends’ parents
  6. Asking the teen and friends to ‘buckle up’ in the car pool.
  7. Inviting the teens’ friends to a ‘slumber party’ (it’s called a sleepover)
  8. Say ‘Yo’ or ‘Bae’
  9. ‘Friending’ their friends on Facebook
  10. Posting photos of teen on Facebook
  11. Photo bombing selfies
  12. Commenting on their Instagram pictures
  13. ‘Liking’ their Instagram pictures
  14. Being on Instagram at all
  15. Looking too old
  16. Looking too young
  17. Looking just – wrong!
  18. Trying to be cool and hip
  19. Wearing a bathrobe (in the car pool drop off line)
  20. Wearing no bathrobe (when friends spend the night)
  21. Having a bad haircut
  22. Calling them ‘sweetie’, ‘honey’ or other nickname in front of their friends
  23. Calling the teens friend by their nickname
  24. Talking in front of their friends
  25. Drinking in front of their friends
  26. Dancing in front of their friends
  27. Singing in front of their friends
  28. Taking prom pictures
  29. Talking about sex
  30. Being affectionate with a spouse
  31. Asking about teens’ love life
  32. Asking the teens’ boyfriend or girlfriend any questions
  33. Asking about teens’ ambitions
  34. Dropping teen of in front of the school
  35. Waving and honking the horn when picking the teen up at school
  36. Making teen wear old clothes
  37. Making teen wear new clothes
  38. Making teen dress up for church
  39. Discussing a blockbuster movie
  40. Discussing hit songs
  41. Referencing old movies
  42. Referencing old hit songs
  43. Referencing the 80’s (or 90’s)
  44. Yelling at them in public
  45. Waving to strangers
  46. Talking to strangers
  47. Putting a love note in teens lunch
  48. Telling baby stories about teen
  49. Putting baby pictures up in the house
  50. Watching ’50 Shades of Grey’

 

Come on, do you have anything to add to this list? I’ve laid it all out, for anyone to see.  Spill the beans; Do you embarrass your teen?

Dorien

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I am a busy mom parenting four '10 to 20' kids as well as three Labradors. I manage my consultancy called More In Media while the kids study and play hard. A runner of marathons to stay sane, I also enjoy reading, baking and cooking for large groups (as in – my family). Proud to say I am Dutch-born and American-by-choice, I've lived in the Netherlands, Brasil and now live in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Dorien Morin-van Dam

I am a busy mom parenting four '10 to 20' kids as well as three Labradors. I manage my consultancy called More In Media while the kids study and play hard. A runner of marathons to stay sane, I also enjoy reading, baking and cooking for large groups (as in – my family). Proud to say I am Dutch-born and American-by-choice, I've lived in the Netherlands, Brasil and now live in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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