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Moms Love Justin Bieber, Daughters Say "Stop Embarrassing Me, Please!"

Are you squabbling with your tween daughter over which Twilight star is cuter? Or mooning together over Zac Efron or Justin Bieber?

You are not alone. According to an article published this week in the Boston Globe, moms and daughters around the country are currently going through a shared  infatuation with young male pin-ups.

Those who study such things attribute the common interest to everything from the unique closeness between helicopter parents and their children, to our culture’s infatuation with youth.

Can we all just grow up?

Maybe I missed some formative cultural trend, but what I remember envying from my mom and dad’s life when I was a child was, well, their life. I wasn’t pining for them to sit down and watch Charlie’s Angels with me. I was, instead, terrifically envious of their ability to go out at will, throw cocktail parties with their friends, attend the theatre and otherwise do things that seemed terrifically adult and sophisticated.

I might be on to something here. As the Boston Globe also reports, many kids are less than enthused by their mom’s embrace of juvenilia. They don’t view this latest maternal trend as hip. They see it as yet another way adults can humiliate their children. As one less than grateful daughter told the Boston Globe of her mother’s infatuation with Zac Efron, “It’s embarrassing ….I’m younger than her.”

Ouch.

So what about you? Do you follow the doings of teen idols with a breathless infatuation? If yes, why?

Photo Source: Kerosene Photography

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