I can hear it now — my mom yelling down the stairs where my friends and I were sitting watching TV, the syllables, “co” (pronounced with a long monotone ohhhhh sound) followed by a high pitched and much louder “deeeeeeeeeeee!” The thought of the sound still gives me the hebegebees. The sound brings about the same reaction as when someone scratches their fingernails on the chalkboard or when somebody scrapes their fork on a plate in an aggressive manner.
The way my mom used to call my name was embarrassing and annoying, but it wasn’t the only way my mom embarrassed me as a teenager. My mom was also a substitute teacher when I was in high school and she was known around the school for having a short temper and being pretty demanding. What kid wouldn’t be embarrassed by their substitute teaching parent?
Parents embarrassing their kids is almost like a rite of passage for the child, and the parent doesn’t even have to plan the embarrassment — it just comes naturally. A dad in Utah recently had a different plan when it came to embarrassing his children. When his daughter wanted to wear shorts he thought were too short he decided to go out on a family outing dressed in way too short shorts as a way of embarrassing his daughter and teaching her how other people view her while she wears her short shorts. I loved that story because it’s something I would do if I had the same problem. I’m not ashamed to admit that I fully plan to embarrass my children when they are teenagers. Some of those embarrassing moments will be planned and some of them will naturally occur due to my just being their parent.
Here are 10 ways I plan to embarrass my children when they’re teenagers:
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