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That's So Awkward! 7 Fun Ways To Embarrass Your Teenager

Updated on January 31, 2016

Adventures In Awkwardness: Embarrass Your Teen Like A Pro

This awkward mom wins bonus points for doing the duck face while demonstrating the sprinkler.  Plus, the photo was uploaded to social media, where we could all share in her fun!  So embarrassing!  And yet entirely awesome too!
This awkward mom wins bonus points for doing the duck face while demonstrating the sprinkler. Plus, the photo was uploaded to social media, where we could all share in her fun! So embarrassing! And yet entirely awesome too! | Source

Hey, No Offense

Has your teen had The Talk with you yet? Not that talkthe one that goes like this:

Mom, I'm going to say something that will hurt your feelings. But really, it's for your own good. I hope you're ready. Here goes anyway.

You're not as hip and happening as you think you are. You've seen better days. I mean, you were actually young once, right?

Well, that cool factor fizzled out years ago. Believe me. Now you're like flat soda, last week's bread -- you're just another old person trying to act young. And it is so, like, awkward!

No offense.

Now that we have that out of the way, can I have $20? And what's for dinner? Oh, and I need help with my math homework.

So Mom, Which One Were You?

Go ahead.  Tell your kids that this was your high school graduation class.
Go ahead. Tell your kids that this was your high school graduation class. | Source

How To Embarrass Your Teen Like You Mean It

If your teen is like mine, that's their basic message. Sure, some may soften the blow, but really, their point is the same. You embarrass them, no matter how hard you try not to.

So I say let's just quit the charades. If you're going to embarrass your teenager anyway, at least you can be good at it. And that takes practice, so let's start now. Let's throw ourselves into this!

Here are tips on how to embarrass your teen like a pro.

Required Attire: Step Out In Some Stylin' Mom Jeans

Hike up your waistline!  Mom jeans are a proud wardrobe staple for all parents -- men and women alike.  Even President Barack Obama wears them.  It's a "comfort" thing!
Hike up your waistline! Mom jeans are a proud wardrobe staple for all parents -- men and women alike. Even President Barack Obama wears them. It's a "comfort" thing! | Source

Tip 1: Look the Part

I think my daughter and I started early with this my-parents-are-so-embarrassing routine. She was a mere 6 years old when she declined my offer to be her roller skating partner at a class party. (Seriously.)

Her reasoning? I wore my jeans too high. Yes, I apparently wore Mom jeans.

My husband enjoyed this moment of truth way more than I did at the time, but therein began my adventures in awkwardness. (Or had they already begun years previously, and I just didn't know it?)

Mom Jeans: Hike That Waistline Way, Way Up!

Required: Mom Jeans and Keds

When it comes to awkward and embarrassing parents, it's essential to look the part. Assess your Mom uniform. Push all the stylish stuff aside. That crap will work against you, my Friend.

You need several pair of high-waisted jeans—not too many—and they need to be cut generously through the hip and rear. Pleats or an elastic "give" are a special bonus. They communicate that you don't take your mission lightly.

Rising Waistlines: A Laudatory Goal

Perhaps you're lucky enough to know a master in the arts of awkward and embarrassing motherhood—one with a waistline in the netherland of her boobs. Salute that gal's hard work and follow her lead.

It may take you a few years, but keep tugging at your waistband. Your objective is to raise your natural waistline by hiking your jeans up as close as possible to your armpits.

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Casual Goes With Everything

Likewise, your mom uniform will require sweatshirts and Keds, too. The most successfully embarrassing moms are the ones who take "going casual" seriously, whether on a dinner date, to the PTA, or to the grocery store. Really, what's the difference?

I find that yoga pants can also be delightfully awkward, especially if you're like me and you don't even do yoga. Hell, I don't even exercise.

If you're really serious about your mission, you can take to wearing track suits, especially those velour outfits. And if you wear one with "JUICY" stamped across your jello behind, well that's bonus points, dear sister.

President Obama Defends His Mom Jeans

I Nearly Bowed Down Before This Woman

Recently I volunteered at my daughter's school with a woman who took "looking the part" of the embarrassing mom to a whole new level. She was a master. Royal even.

This Queen and I each sat in folding chairs selling tickets for a school performance (not behind a desk, mind you). My fellow embarrassing mother wore tight spandex, as she was headed to work afterwards. She was obese, but the gal was totally owning her attire.

As we sat with our chairs angled towards the kids, I noticed that the Queen's legs awkwardly didn't close. She was effectively giving the kids a wide-angle crotch shot. (Nice one, mom!)

And then I saw it—couldn't help it, really. An enormous rip perhaps four to five inches wide exposed her pink underwear. I nearly bowed down before this Queen of Embarrassing Moms. This woman was freaking awesome! She even managed to embarrass me a bit.

Reader Poll: What Would You Have Done?

Would you have told the mother in spandex that she had a "strategic" hole in her drawers?

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Nope, Too Stylish

Need to double down on your mom style?  Trade in your chic wardrobe for a pink sweatsuit with "JUICY" stamped on the rear.
Need to double down on your mom style? Trade in your chic wardrobe for a pink sweatsuit with "JUICY" stamped on the rear. | Source

Tip 2: Know the Lingo (#KnowtheLingo)

Any self-respecting Awkward Mom must know the lingo. Hashtag speak is one of my favorites, as it provides excellent opportunities for awkwardness. I verbally add the word "hashtag" to random phrases until my teen begs me to please just stop.

Partly, it just amuses me that at some point the "pound sign" got renamed the "hashtag." What's up with that? Here's an example of hashtag speak:

"#DudeDontHurtMe, because I was just trying to be #FreakingPopular with you, daughter dearest, by #SlingingYoSlang. Hey, #ComeBackHere. I need you to #SetTheTableForDinner."

Awkward Family Photos 2016 Day-to-Day Calendar
Awkward Family Photos 2016 Day-to-Day Calendar

Sometimes awkwardness runs in families. This day-to-day calendar features the best of embarrassing family photos, including siblings in goofy poses, grandparents in matching outfits, parents with outrageous hair, and spouses in weird settings

 

Sling the Slang

Knowing the lingo doesn't require that you keep on top of current trends in slang -- because really who can? You also don't need to try too hard to be accurate. Who can really do that either? In fact, it's more fun and embarrassing when you just go with it.

Select some of your favorite teen slang terms like "bro," "chill," or "YOLO" and inject them into ordinary conversation. When it comes to being awkward and embarrassing, remember that more is always better!

Here are some examples to get you started:

Inject Teen Slang Into Everyday Conversation: So Embarrassing

What You Mean
What You Say
Your delays in doing your homework are making me angry. Start now.
Yo, if you don't do your homework then Mama gonna go all gangsta on you, 'lil biznatch. I said #DoYoHomeWork.
We're vacationing this year with your grandparents. It will be great.
My homies, we gon' go on a greycation. It'll be so chill. YOLO.
Honey, look what I got at Goodwill: sneakers to go with my great jeans.
Aww bro, I popped me some tags. Got me some fetchin' rides to go wit' dese sweet Mom Jeans.
Stop being so dramatic.
Don't you get all emo on me.
You're looking confident and attractive.
You got yo swag on. Lookin' chill.
That's ugly or inappropriate.
That's so rachet. Come here and let Mama fix you up.

Mom, Did You Know Daniel Boone When You Were Little?

When she was a kid, my own mother asked her mom this question.  However, Daniel Boone died in 1820, a little before her time.
When she was a kid, my own mother asked her mom this question. However, Daniel Boone died in 1820, a little before her time. | Source

Tip 3: Dance Like You Don't Care ... Because Really, You Don't

If there's one thing the Embarrassing Mom loves to do, it's dance! She knows all of yesterday's moves: the Electric Slide, the Sprinkler, the Running Man, and oh yes, the Cabbage Patch (also known as "churning butter"). Memba them? I thought so! Madonna moves earn you bonus points!

Recall the dance moves of your youth, then modify them for your current fitness level. Just get your booty moving, or at least your shoulders and arms.

Go ahead and shake. Shimmy. It doesn't matter if you're in the car, the living room, or at a public event. If you hear music—any music—consider it your opportunity to shine! And don't stop until your teenager is not talking to you. You got this, Hot Mama!

Tina Fey and Michelle Obama do a nice job of demonstrating in the following video:

Funny Video: Evolution of Mom Dancing

Tip 4: Bring Lots Of Attention To Yourself

The most essential ingredient in inflicting your parental awkwardness is that people take note. Get people looking your way. Your teen will remember you for it for years to come.

My teen has given me feedback that my loud and sometimes ill-timed laughter is my awkward specialty. Why, thank you! (I have been known to giggle at a funeral and even did it when my mother got a colonoscopy, but those are different stories.)

Other options for bringing attention to yourself include

  • exhibiting over-enthusiasm
  • talking to people everywhere you go (don't forget to tell them who your child is in case they miss the connection), and
  • telling stories about your teen from early childhood. Bonus points if it's a secret nickname or a potty training story.

Any behavior that is too enthusiastic or brings too much attention your way will embarrass your teen.
Any behavior that is too enthusiastic or brings too much attention your way will embarrass your teen. | Source

Tip 5: Just Sing, O Awkward One!

Go ahead, O Awkward One. Hit the high notes of your favorite songs. Off-key is superb. Add dramatic hand flairs—feel that music—for extra embarrassment. And don't forget to do this in front of an audience.

What Did They Sing?

I was a latecomer to the awesomeness of Bruno Mars' music, and being the awkward mom that I am, I bought his CD (the old fashioned kind that comes from Target, not the one that is downloaded from iTunes).

I alternate ol' Bruno and the roaring fabulous Katy Perry. I play them over and over in my car so I can get the words semi-right. In doing so, this awkward mom has become a virtual musical prison on wheels.

If my daughter wants to go anywhere, she understands her chauffer's background music! She tells me I am "so two years ago" (cue eye roll). To this, I eagerly offer, "Would you prefer Taylor Swift?" No one can claim I'm inflexible!

Woo-hoo! This Is How We Do It!

This fine mother is a freaking professional.  Notice how her kids try their best to ignore her.  But mama's got the moves, the look, and her attitude says "look at ME!"
This fine mother is a freaking professional. Notice how her kids try their best to ignore her. But mama's got the moves, the look, and her attitude says "look at ME!" | Source

Tip 6: Document Your Fun On Facebook and Other Social Media

Social media is the ideal venue for displaying your maternal awkwardness. You know what they say: the Internet is forever!

But think of it this way: there's no way your kid has time to post promiscuous selfies or get into other trouble with the embarrassing level of attention they're getting from you! Way to go, Awkward Mom!

Photo Bombing My Selfie

My teenager photo bombed me throughout our recent vacation to France with weird faces and rabbit ears over my head.  See her in the top right corner?
My teenager photo bombed me throughout our recent vacation to France with weird faces and rabbit ears over my head. See her in the top right corner? | Source

While word is that Facebook is "like, so 2008" because the old people like you ruined it, there's also plenty of opportunity for embarrassment on Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, and other sites. Take advantage of the chance to make a difference in your child's life! One well-timed post can really make them quite the talk of their friends. (That's just what I hear.)

Make sure to "friend" or "follow" your teen and post often about family events. Tag your child's friends in photos to make sure they know you're an involved parent. Comment on photos and posts of your teen's friends, especially those that seem to unfortunately escape other parents' eyes.

You can also have a "Throw Back Thursday" where you post baby photos of your child with an endearing story. Dare your child to unfriend you. Seriously, who would do that when you're this much fun?

Documenting Her Fun With Race Car Driver Danica Patrick

Auto racing driver Danica Patrick poses with my daughter for a selfie. But wait a minute -- what about a selfie with your mother?
Auto racing driver Danica Patrick poses with my daughter for a selfie. But wait a minute -- what about a selfie with your mother? | Source

Everyone Has Awkward Selfies: Why Not You Too, Mom?

Even the cat has awkward selfies.  Where's yours, Embarrassing Mom?
Even the cat has awkward selfies. Where's yours, Embarrassing Mom? | Source

Tip 7: Show Your Love With Public Displays Of Attection

Teens love to push affection away — unless of course, it's from other teens. However, when it comes to rejecting hugs, the Embarrassing Mother doesn't get too offended when her kids turn their heads and wrinkle their noses. It just means they'll be back later, on their own terms.

The Awkward Mom also doesn't give up. If teens can declare their love for each other after a week or so, surely they can eek out an occasional "I love you" for the Mother who'd do anything for them —i ncluding subjecting herself to all this embarrassment just so she could be hopelessly unhip.

Dad, You're Awkward, Too

Proximity is so overrated.  Let's hug from over here.  People are watching.
Proximity is so overrated. Let's hug from over here. People are watching. | Source

Awkwardness Unites

In the end, awkwardness unites more than it divides. That's because awkward is something we all are, no matter the age or stage.

As we navigate new life phases—whether adolescence or middle age—some of us simply choose to embrace our natural awkwardness rather than deny its existence. In embarrassment we can find humor as well as one another.

Awkward moms unite!

What's In A Name? Locations Associated With Parents and Teens

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A markerAwkward Cove, Canada -
Awkward Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
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B markerCool, California -
Cool, CA, USA
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C markerDifficult, Tennessee -
Difficult, TN, USA
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D markerDistant, Pennsylvania -
Distant, PA, USA
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E markerMoody, Alabama -
Moody, AL, USA
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F markerMother, Nevada -
Mother, NV, USA
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G markerOkay, Oklahoma -
Okay, OK, USA
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H markerYell, Iowa -
Yell, IA, USA
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I markerSquabble Peak, Canada -
Squabble Peak, Central Kootenay D, BC V0E, Canada
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J markerAngry Mountain, Washington -
Angry Mountain, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA, USA
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Embarrassing And All ... You're A Rock Star, Mom

You may be awkward, but you're also fabulous.  Rock on, you Awkward Mom!
You may be awkward, but you're also fabulous. Rock on, you Awkward Mom! | Source

Summary: 7 Fun Ways To Embarrass Your Teenager

  1. Look the part with mom jeans, keds and other "comfort casual" clothes. Consider it your uniform.
  2. Show that you know the teen lingo by adopting "hashtag speak" and "slinging the slang."
  3. Dance, using all of yesterday's moves: Electric Slide, Cabbage Patch (churning butter), the Sprinkler.
  4. Stand out in the crowd by bringing attention to yourself any way you can. Make sure people know whose mother you are!
  5. Dramatically sing the songs your teen loves, especially as you chauffer him or her around town.
  6. Document your fun on Facebook and other social media.
  7. Show your love in public with hugs!

© 2014 FlourishAnyway

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      FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

      Rajan - I can't even wear yoga pants to Walmart without feedback from my daughter. Obviously, anyone who wears yoga pants to Walmartis is overdressed. I've been keeping up with the new slang, too. This is a fun stage. Thanks for reading!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 9 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is a cycle that repeats across generations. Self entertainment as well.

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      FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

      Oh, Peggy, my daughter is now 16 and I haven't gotten any less awkward. I am president of the boosters club at her school which horrifies her. She has field trips that I have done major fundraising and organizing for but she begs me to please just stop the nonsense and stay home. Chaperoning, she says, is where she has to draw the line. Those kids have never heard me sing apparently. Or tell jokes. I've got two more years of this before we head off to college. I tease her that we will be roommates.

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      Peggy Woods 9 months ago from Houston, Texas

      This is so funny! If we had kids I am sure we would have done a great job of embarrassing them. The twist would be the dance that I would be doing. You would have to teach me the sprinkler. Ha!

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      FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

      pinto2011 - My teen is now 16 and I have never been more awkward or embarrassing. I thought I'd outgrow it, but I don't. The embarrassment lives on!

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      Subhas 10 months ago from New Delhi, India

      These are potentially potent weapons to astonish our kids by overdoing the great ideas projected by you. Great thinking.

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      Robert Sacchi 12 months ago

      Exactly :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

      Robert - It might only begin there!

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      Robert Sacchi 12 months ago

      Funny article. There is a line from an episode of the TV series, "The Critic", "No one can look cool in front of their parents." You could tell you teen the embarrassment doesn't end with the teenage years :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

      AussieAdventure - Keep dancing and singing! Thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed it! Have a great day!

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      Cassandra 16 months ago from Geelong VIC Australia

      This is a great article. I am so one of those embarrassing mums and you have given me so many great ideas. I take embarrassing my children to new heights. I love to dance in public and sing out loud. Thanks for your article.

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      FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

      Charito1962 - Lots of PDA and social media throwback Thursdays to the diaper days. Thanks for reading!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 18 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hello, FlourishAnyway! Thank you for this amusing hub! I enjoyed reading it! But I have a son. Can you tell me more on how to embarrass him without really meaning to? (Ha, ha, ha!)

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      FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

      Minnetonka Twin - these tee years are difficult but the only thing that can help get a parent or loving adult relative through is knowing it doesn't last forever ... and humor.

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      Linda Rogers 19 months ago from Minnesota

      I thoroughly enjoyed this great list of ways to embarrass our teens. I've been living with my twin sister and her two teens for eleven years now, so I can use so many of these tactics. I often get the eye roll and pleas to quit embarrassing them. I hit every button and voted up.

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      FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

      Embarrassing mum - Thanks for your ideas and for reading!

    • Embarrassing mum 23 months ago

      Wear matching outfits

      Walk them to their classroom

      Shout mommy loves you

      Drop of there lunch at school and stAy for lunch

      Be a substitute teacher and call them poopsie paws or pretty polka dot princess

      Volunteer for everything pinch there cheeks

      If your mean make them wear diapers or dependable

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Shades-of-truth - You sound like a tough character who held their feet to the fire. I bet you still do have fun with them. Eight? My hat's off to you!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      rebeccamealey - Glad you enjoyed this awkward hub! Have an awkward weekend!

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      I did not have any issues with my 8 teens trying to act like their peers, but I DID have a few times when they were doing things they should not have been doing, or were not at home where they were supposed to be.

      One, I tracked to the mall, when he was 16, and told him if he did not get home "post-haste", I would pull his pants down and warm his posterior in front of everyone. His friends were greatly amused. He went home, and did not repeat that exercise. Another one of my boys went to his friend's house for a party, and did not take our trash out first, as he had been instructed to do. I showed up, and announced to the party why I was there, and that he would be leaving, to take care of it. He was embarrassed, but he did it.

      I had a lot of fun with them, when they were teens, and now that they are all grown - I still do!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How did I miss this? Too cute, an enjoyable read! So very well illustrated!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ologsinquito - Unless he's calling your bluff, he's either a rare fella or simply worn out. Yoga pants for me (worn anywhere I want in lieu of jeans) work wonders. Thanks for visiting and have a great 2015!

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      Maybe I need to reread this one thoroughly. My son has told me lately that there's nothing I can do to embarrass him.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      monia saad - Those pesky teens can be a blast. Thanks for the kind compliments. Have a great weekend.

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      i love your article and i wish have teens to try that :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ShirleyJCJohnson - So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!

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      Shirley Johnson 2 years ago from Sallisaw, OK

      I am SO going to share this with my 17 year old. She'll love it!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Bill - Even dads can wear mom jeans. My husband's Uncle Frank hiked those bad boys up near to his arm pits every day for years til he was in his 90s and he embarrassed my husband and I clear into our late-twenties. (Rock on, Uncle Frank!)

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      Bill Armstrong 2 years ago from Valencia, California

      Hehehe very nice page, gonna add some of these to my list, thanks for sharing

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      CatherineGiordano - Thank you for the kind compliment.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      So funny and so well done.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      handymanbill - Glad you enjoyed this! Have a great week.

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      Bill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Great. i still hear how my jokes are bad (not funny) this was really funny though great hub. Some great ideas.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Cherylann - Some of the unsolicited feedback that I am given by my teenager is so over-the-top. I'm "not allowed" to talk to my cats even inside my own house because it makes me sound lonely. Ha. Oh, the deadpan stares, the eye rolls, the cross arms and "whatevers." It's good to know there's another layer to it. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Cherylann Mollan 2 years ago from India

      This is so hilariously brilliant, it made my morning! On the other hand, I must confess, I sympathize with your daughter and support her in the eye-rolling. (I do it too when my mom stumbles into one of her own super-uncool episodes) You'll must understand though, that we do the eye-rolling in public or in front of you, but in our beds or our quietest moments or when we are away from you for an extended period of time, we find all of this incredibly cute and unforgettable (in a good way) :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      techygran - Thanks for the kind kudos. I find that when it comes to teens, even compliments have a way of being backhanded so get ready for endings such as "... for someone your age" or "... for someone like you." I cut my hair recently and instead of telling me I looked 10 years younger, my daughter told me I looked liked I was in "that 30s awkward Mom stage", that I looked "good but not in a sexy way, just awkward." I asked her if that was meant to be a compliment (?). She just said "take it however." Kids. One day they'll be awkward too! Thanks for the vote and the share!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Snakesmum - Nieces and nephews make great practice material. Don't go for the "cool" aunt or uncle. Go for the awkward one. You'll have eyes rolling and heavy sighs and make their parents seem not so alone.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Truly funny AND well presented, a rare combination! I'm wondering if the "graycation" gang are shown slightly more kind forebearance than the parent team? My grandkids are not teens yet, so perhaps I am just basking in the joys of the preteen-gran relationship where they enjoy grooming me up and making encouraging comments about my probably not dying until they are in high school. Thank you for the good laughs! Voting you up and sharing!

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      Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I've never had children, but you've made me realise all the fun I'm missing out on. Wonder if it works with nieces and nephews?

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      B Lucy - Today I got on her cell phone and took a bunch of awkward mom selfies so she could know who loves her while at school and while away from me. If you're going to be awkward anyway, you might as well try to nail it. So glad I have good company in my awkwardness. I wonder if we'll grow out of it?

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      B Lucy 2 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      I could do a hub about how awesome sauce this hub is!!! I lost count of the guffaws that have escaped my mouth and tears are streaming . . . greycation almost caused me to injure myself. And we apparently have the same daughter. You are amazeballs homeslice!! Voted across the board, up and shared.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Hannah Writes - Oh the poor child. I can imagine although I really don't understand them. I get fussed at for "dancing" in the car or singing to the radio -- like someone will hear me or see me and what ... gawk ... slam on brakes? Thanks for reading and commenting. Keep dancing!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Pawpawwrites - I am looking forward to that! Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • Hannah Writes 2 years ago

      Embarrassment is the only weapon we have once they get to a certain age. Years ago, I was dancing at a Bar Mitzvah when my then 13 year old daughter burst into tears...I was embarrassing her! My friends told her to stop, I was entitled to have fun! She got over it.

      Now her twin siblings are almost 12 and I get to do it all over again!

      Great article!

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      With #6, you can embarrass your children well into their adult years. One of the pleasures of growing old.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, thank you. Yes, people kept saying that HP was saying my other profile was low resolution when they tried to post it in a hub, so just a couple of weekends ago, I just held up my cell phone above my head a bit and snapped a photo. It is amazing that in doing so hides my double chin LOL My daughter who knows much about photography said, "Oh, yes, that is an old photography trick." I thought ... you never told me! haha Then my son went and made me a grandmother at his young age of 19! I was not prepared for that, but now I cannot imagine life without those little darlings. You just wait!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Faith - You are too kind. My daughter off course reminded me that old people -- I think she actually slipped and called me "elderly" even though I am only 45 -- never know how to take selfies. She is horrified at my attempt here but I am glad you approve. I saw your updated profile photo too and loved it!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Flourish!

      I missed that your awesome hub here won HOTD! Congrats and well-deserved. I am so glad you have shown us your lovely face here with your new beautiful profile photo too.

      I sometimes do not sign off from HP for days and so I miss some of the HOTDs, guess that is not good, especially when my hub buds receive one. You rock.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Marilyn - Thanks for stopping by!

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      Marilyn Gentry 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Voted Up. I really enjoy reading your hub, it will awkward but if mom and I will be doing some of those that'l be so much fun.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      pinto2011 - Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

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      Subhas 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      These are great tips and going to help us miles solving everything up.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ChristinS - You could also threaten to tell embarrassing stories about when he was a toddler to his friend or girlfriend. Or worse yet, take a stroll down memory lane by showing photos. Teens are so fun. Have fun with yours!

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Very funny! My oldest is a teenager, but he's not into anything normal teens are, so I can't do too many of these with him, except the public displays of affection, sometimes I squish his cheeks and tell him he's so cuuuute and threaten to do it in public is he's misbehaving lol. The threat is usually enough for him and his younger brother to fall in line ;).

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      BNadyn - Just last week my teen looked at the selfie I had taken (because she told me I needed to update my FB profile) and she eye rolled and said, "Awwww Gawwwd. You don't even know how to take a selfie. Adults never do". I'm feeling like a big hug coming on, something she hates. Perhaps I will even tell her I lover her and call her my sweet baby. That is really embarrassing for teens. Love them when they're small. They get prickly later. But it's fun playing. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Bernadyn 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I hope I remember all of this when my kids become teens! Fun read and lots of good pointers to make sure kids are thoroughly embarrassed, nice job, I'll be sharing this. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      KoraleeP - Thanks for reading and commenting! Have a great weekend!

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      Koralee Phillips 2 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

      Awesome, I love your suggestions lol . I've really got to try the social media, "Hashtag Speak" and "Slinging the Slang"lingo suggestions.

      Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Krmission - Thanks for reading and laughing right along!

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      Kristy 2 years ago from Indiana

      I giggled and laughed through that one! Great!

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      Kristen 2 years ago from Nassau

      The only thing I need to do to embarrass my teen is comment on one of her Facebook posts! Great Hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Maggie.L - Awkwardness is an art. Practice your craft with pride!

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      Maggie.L 2 years ago from UK

      You have educated me in the art of embarrassing teenagers. I'm now away to try in on my own two! A really funny and entertaining read. Love it!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Rozalyn - They think we can't play their game, but they forget we invented it.

    • Rozalyn Winters 2 years ago

      Heh heh heh, I've been telling lots of other moms about this article--I teach piano to their kids, so I always have the chance to chat with the parents. I tried YOLO on my son the other day and he told me that I mustn't "use that word because only nerds use it, and it isn't cool!" lol

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Rozalyn - I can see the eye rolls already. Have a great weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Alison - They only rise with time. #Wearwithpride

    • Rozalyn Winters 2 years ago

      I love this! I've got to use the teen slang on mine--especially the homework comment! lol :-) When his best friend is visiting! hee hee

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      Alison Graham 2 years ago from UK

      this is the best (and funniest) Hub I have read for ages! I realised (OMG) that I already have 'The Jeans'!

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      ologsinquito - Thanks again! I am volunteering tomorrow at my daughter's middle school and when she found out she sighed deeply (cue eye roll). I had poison ivy last week on my face and neck so there are red splotches still left on my neck. She made me swear to cover them up well with foundation because they were too embarrassing (for her). I love these teen years.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      This one needs to be shared again, just in case anyone missed it. The intro picture is hilarious.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Harishprasad - Thank you! Have a great day!

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Flourish, I am again at this hub but this time to congratulate you on HOTD. This hub greatly deserved that. I have gladly shared this very entertaining, beautiful and hilarious hub.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      oceansnsunsets - That is a beautiful sentiment. One of the reasons I do it is to relieve my daughter's teen stress (and my own). She just won't say she enjoys it. Another is that many years from now, I'd like her to look back at me and remember me as fun and crazy as well a mother who emphasized achievement, someone who was not so stiff and serious that she couldn't laugh at herself.

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      Au fait - Thanks so much! I appreciate the kudos and the visit!

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      Harishprasad - Congratulations on half a century! Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a terrific day!

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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Flourish, this is absolutely hilarious! It made me truly smile and I had to chuckle at all your suggestions and photos, etc. It is fun to have fun like this without overdoing it literally, we have it down to an art or I would like to think we do, lol! My boys would probably differ but they do know we love them and we get a good chuckle.

      I just loved this too, because it reminds me of how precious our children and loved ones are. We need to have times where we laugh and just enjoy ourselves more and more. Time flies by so quickly and life is just so precious. We need to savor all the little moments and really have a lot of love and joy as we can. Its an encouragement when life can get serious and stressful at times. Thanks for sharing, it was so fun!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      This is great! I love it! Congrats on HOTD -- well deserved!

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Flourish, this hub is a great fun and true too ! There is an idiom in Hindi - buddhi ghori Lal lagam ( an old mare decorated with red reins ). This idiom means that we should behave in tandem with our growing years. Though this whole hub is very interesting, Nos. 2,3 and 6 attracted me most. My children laughed at me when I used terms like 'bro' and 'lol' on my posts in the Facebook, I gave up proceeding further and realized that I have really crossed half a century and far ahead to come to terms with the current vibrating sensation. Though I am not averse to read these Internet slangs but avoid using these myself. Great hub and you showed an appropriate path to people like us. Voted up.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Liz-Thank you for stopping by. Glad it was good for a giggle.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Hahahahaha!! Congrats on HOTD! Well done!

      I'm sure I embarrassed my kids when they were teens, but nothing in particular stands out; now, my eldest grandkids are nearly grown, and the next ones in line live just a bit too far for that kind of interaction.

      I'm sure my parents embarrassed me, too, but again, nothing stands out. Dad's words were wise when he said of anything upsetting, "You won't think a thing about it on your wedding day."

      Voted up and funny.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      kallini2010 - I'm glad I made you laugh. If you're as uncool and awkward as I understand I am, at least you can be funny, right? Thanks for the FB share.

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      kallini2010 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you for making me laugh!

      In all of my three years on HP, yours is one of the very few hubs I shared on Facebook. (I know, like, How uncool! Totally.)

      My son is going to be 11 this year, we are not quite there yet, but he can embarrass me just as much as I can embarrass him.

      He did not like me dancing in the supermarket in the isle with no audience, but he put on a show on a subway train where all cars are connected in such a way that there are no dividers.

      For the whole train to see for about 20 minutes he danced the most ridiculous style I can imagine as if pulling something out of his crotch. We both survived, so did everyone who witnessed.

      But I'm afraid I am going to flunk (?) your class - I can't go that far to embarrass my son on purpose.

      I do it naturally.

      I think after "my last performance" in his school where I was supposed to sit quietly and enjoy students' stories I broke out laughing and couldn't stop. In all likelihood, I won't be invited anymore - in mom's jeans or without!!!

      P.S. Not only I managed to embarrass my son, but also his teachers. I, so, like, took over!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      O Purposeful One - Thank you so much!

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      Yvette Stupart PhD 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi FlourishAnyway, I really laughed, I had so much fun reading your hub! Thanks for sharing- your article is funny but has some great insights.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      LadyFiddler - Thank you!

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      LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

      I remembered reading this hub i am so proud that it made hub of the day.

      Congrats to U.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      My Bell - Hash tag embrace your awkwardness!

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      I have a teen daughter and this made me laugh or I should say LOL. Thanks!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ChitrangandaSharan - I'm glad I could inspire you with ideas. Thanks for stopping by! #Youcanbeawkwardtoo

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I thoroughly enjoyed going through your interesting hub!

      I do not generally embarrass my kids, but now I am getting ideas.

      Congratulations for HOTD! Voted up!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Better Yourself - Thank you! I appreciate the kudos!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Peg - Hashtag you got it, girl!

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      Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Well done! Very excited for you on HOTD! Awesome hub, enjoyed the read all the way thru!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Heidi - Thank you. It was a big surprise. I so needed this today.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Flo, I have the perfect flip flops with fake diamonds and pink silk flowers that will compliment my pleated jeans. Do you think a sleeveless tank top held up with safety pins is too much? BTW hashtag, congrats on the HOTD. This one truly deserves it #veryfunny.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Suzette - Thanks a bunch!

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Congratulations on HOTD! This is hilarious!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      BIG Congrats on Hub of the Day! So many of your hubs are deserving of it, but this hilarious one was certainly stellar. Keep the good stuff coming!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ComfortB - That makes me extremely happy. Thank you!

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      Comfort Babatola 2 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      This is the most hilarious, awesome hub I've read in a while. Thanks for showing me all the awkward ways to embarrass my teens.

      Voted up, funny and awesome!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      amiebutchko - #goganstaawesomegirlfriend Thanks for reading!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ologsinquito - I had no idea until seeing your notification. Thanks for the heads up! Have a great day!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      LTM - Bring them on, I'll stop their complaining, the 'lil rascals. Have an awesome day!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Lisa - Thanks so much. I bet your high school students just loved you!

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      Amie Butchko 2 years ago from Warwick, NY

      Oh my Gosh! This is so funny! I just read it through with my 12 year old daughter to her utter horror, and I was laughing the whole time. I especially love the teen-speak. I so need to get on my game with this lingo. I was trying way too hard to look like the "nope - too stylish" pic. To my relief, I can just go for the mom jean look instead. It will be a whole lot easier and way more fun. Thank you for this great insight. #mademyday

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      Hey, congratulations!

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day, FA. Next time one of my kids complains about me being embarrassing, I'm sending them to your house. lol.

    • LisaKeating 2 years ago

      You've taken this art to a Zen level. I tended to do this more with my high school students than my own kids. Enjoyed reading. Congrats on HOTD.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      WriterJanis - Dance away, my awkward friend! Chachacha! Thanks for reading!

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      I have just picked up so many good pointers from you. This was so fun to read. OK, time to brush off my dancing shoes!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      CyberShelley - Glad you enjoyed it! I got told last week to puh-leeze stop wearing the yoga pants because I looked like I couldn't afford jeans. Gotta love those pesky teens.

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      Shelley Watson 2 years ago

      Great article, so much fun to read. Love the "Mama going to go all gangsta on you".LOL Thank you for writing this, its so funny and brings back memories.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Jodah - Have a terrific weekend! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Flourish, this is a fantastic hub....soooo funny. I wish I had read this when my kids were still teens....lol. Voted up, funny, useful, interesting.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Sassy - I bet you're a quick study, too. Glad you enjoyed this!

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      Lisa René LeClair 2 years ago from the ATL

      HI-freaking-Larious! I'm taking notes ––mine's six! ;-)

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      Lynsey Harte 2 years ago from Glasgow

      Lollol at least it taught me never to take myself too seriously! And I now can't get easily embarrassed! :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Sparkley - Yikes! Your parents got all serious about it. I think I would have preferred to be grounded.

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      Lynsey Harte 2 years ago from Glasgow

      My parents have done this to me for as long as I can remember" it was their punishment for anything I done- I was never hit, or grounded really, but they always invented ways to embarrass me. Some of the most memorable include skip diving (as in raiding a skip) when they knew I'd be passing with friends.... And hanging my underwear out on a clothesline in the front garden- complete with Nutella smears on the bum- my school was across the road. My mum has always believed in being inventive with punishment, and I think it has worked!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Heidi - Glad you enjoyed it that much! Thanks for the feedback! My daughter tells me I am weird, but I thought it was just the teenage perspective? Hmm.

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      Heidi L Idrovo 2 years ago from New York

      This is insanely funny!! I loved it!!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Writer Fox - Glad you enjoyed this! I'm taking embarrassing teens to new levels. Might as well have fun through these "difficult years."

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Wow, Flourish, way too funny! I pinned your 'Rock Star Mom' pic to my Mother's Day board. I liked that one a lot.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      vespa - Sometimes you have to lean in to your work -- even if it's just raising teens. Thanks for reading.

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I would say you are definitely a professionally embarrassing mom! I had to laugh at these. Of course, teenagers are easily embarrassed in public. My mother-in-law was a very loud, bubbly mother who frequently embarrassed her teenage sons. Stories about her are legendary! About the mom with the rip in her pants that revealed pink underwear...at least she wore underwear! : )

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Thief12 - Some of us might need brush-ups. Thanks for reading.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Rajan - I'm delighted you can use these! If I want to really irk my daughter, I dance and sing in the car with the windows down driving through our neighborhood. Sometimes she ducks so people won't see she's with me.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Raymond - Glad I could entertain!

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      Raymond Philippe 2 years ago from The Netherlands

      Funny to read about the things that bothered me as a teenager and to come to the conclusion that I am making the same "mistakes". ;-) Lovely read!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very entertaining! These are tips that I can use as well.

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      Thief12 2 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I'm sorry, but there's no need for a Hub about this. Parents have an innate ability to do this automatically and effortlessly ;-)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Bill - It is great fun, isn't it? Thanks for voting, commenting, and sharing.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is classic Flourish. My kids are grown but we laugh about these things now. I know I did a lot of things to embarrass my kids when they were in younger but for some reason I really enjoyed it. Now I'm looking forward to my gran kids growing up so I can enjoy this all over again.

      Great hub. Voted up, shared, etc.. Have a great weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Suzette - I bet you can practice on your nephews and nieces. I'm sure they'll thank you for your efforts.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      That's why I wear sweats or stretchy pants with a long top! :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Sha - I guess you can look at it this way -- either you can wear your muffin top spilling over the top of your jeans, or tuck it inside your Mom jeans. Either way, it ain't pretty.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Blond Logic - Someone needs to clue them in on how utterly cool we really are, but in the mean time I'll settle for awkward. Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing!

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      Nell - I'm glad I was good for a laugh. You and your homies have a great weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      LadyFiddler - I might be a little crazy. Teens with do that to you. #JustSayin.

    • suzettenaples 2 years ago

      This is hilarious! I don't have children, just a niece and nephews, but I can relate to this.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Yay! I love Mom jeans. This is me and my daughter. What a fun hub. vote up, funny and shared.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      This is hilarious, Flourish! And just what's wrong with mom jeans? Would the kids rather see our aging middles spilling over the hip huggers we used to wear when we were their age? Now, THAT would be embarrassing! Wait - that gives me an idea.....

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Oh my God! I laughed so much I nearly fell of the chair! LOLOLO! so darn funny! This bit got me cracking up completely!:

      Yo, if you don't do your homework then Mama gonna go all gangsta on you, 'lil biznatch. I said #DoYoHomeWork......!!

      And then Michelle Obama and the mum dance! oh for goodness sake! this is just so brilliant! thanks for the laugh! I needed that, and my partner just looked at me roaring with laughter and said, she has lost it....finally! Haha! voted up shared the whole darn way!

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      LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

      Ha ha ha this was sooo funny i am sorry i couldn't push the funny button twice. You're crazy LOL but i can see it as fun to, i could see myself doing some of this if i get kids he he he. Michelle sure got her moves and the station wagon cracked me up. Or and the mum jeans fuuunnnnaaayyyy!

      Thank U voted up and sharing :)

      God bless U

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      VioletteRose - Although you have some time before you break out into full-blown awkward mode, this is definitely a good training opportunity. Consider studying the tantrums and throw them right back at your toddlers just to see how they react.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Beaddve1800 - Glad you enjoyed it!

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      beaddve1800 2 years ago from Toronto

      The picture is funny.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      PegCole17 - Consider complementing those lovely mom jeans with some flip flops?

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Faith Reaper - Isn't it funny how when it's time to pay for anything, they want you right there instead of a few steps behind? My husband sometimes jokes with my teen that if she doesn't behave, then he and I are going to go to the school play and make out in the front row -- or at least hold hands as we walk in. She frequently tells us that we are not only "embarrassing" and "awkward" but also "weird" or "creepy." Seems like a challenge to me. Have a great weekend yourself!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      tirelesstraveler - Teens make motherhood so much fun! Tug them mom jeans up and hashtag Get Funky!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      AliciaC - Thanks for sharing! I'm glad I gave you a chuckle!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is so funny and creative, Flourish! I love it! Thank you very much for the great entertainment. I'll share this hub.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      This is so funny! I have only two little boys. My first one is now 4 years old but the terrible twos are not yet over, its actually the terrible four now :) Really enjoyed reading this.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      lol! Teens are amazing. Glad you are having such fun. Long live mom jeans!

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      With all this great information, I'm sure to be a hit at the PTA meeting. LOL. My Mom jeans are pressed and ready.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hahaha I am one of those moms and enjoyed every minute of it ... being me (a most embarrassing mom to say the least)!!!

      I am a big wooo hoooer at ballgames and other events, even dance recitals, in support of my children lol They all knew who my children were ...

      I had looked so forward to the age when my daughter and I would go shopping together when she as a teen ... well, she broke my heart (at first), when she wanted me to walk so far behind her and not speak to her (WHAT!!!) ... I quickly reminder her in public who had the money to buy her clothes at said mall! LOL

      I have many stories that if there were an award for being an embarrassing mom, I probably would have taken home the gold hahaha

      Great hub dear Flourish. Love that first photo. You are awesome.

      Up and more and away.

      Hope your weekend ahead is wonderful and please keep up the good work as an embarrassing mom!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Liz - Glad you enjoyed this!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Suzanne - The nose pick. Wow, good one! How many times have they done that to us as parents at strategic moments and humiliated the heavens out of us? I guess turnabout is fair play.

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      Elizabeth Parker 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I don't have children, (other than my dogs) but I got such a kick out of reading this. Too funny!

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I am that dancing, singing embarrassing mum. Only I do try to wear stylish clothes occasionally, when the washing's done. My kids aren't embarrassed as yet, but they will be in about 4 years. I make sure to pick my nose now and then with the window open in the car, my dad used to do it to me and it was extremely irritating! Voted awesome and UP!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Audrey - I'm glad you learned to embrace your awkwardness. You can either fight it or roll with it.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      This just made me laugh!! I have two grown daughters, so you can bet that we had the talk-early on and often!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      travmaj - I know when this time is over, I'm going to really miss it. I have, of course, told my daughter we're going to be roomies in college. That really gets her going, eye rolls.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      electronician - It's good character-building, that's for sure and gets them to loosen up about themselves. Not everyone is focused on them like they think.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Loved this in a been there, done that, frame of mind. Ah, the memories you brought back. This era looks even more fun especially with hash tags and social media. Keep p the good work...

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      Dean Walsh 2 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Very entertaining. I love the irony of teenagers complaining about their parents being embarrassing because, although you might not notice it with your own, I'm sure that anyone who as spent time around other people's teenagers will agree that they are much, much more embarrassing than their parents. On a slightly serious note, I think this is a simpton of the way our culture coddles young people too much and panders to them - its about time parents stopped trying to look cool to their kids and made it clear to them just how embarrassing they are most of the time!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Susan - #YoureFreakinAwesome with the Tweeting idea. You #GeniusMomYou.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Eddy - Glad you enjoyed it! Have a great day!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Heidi - You go, my friend! Glad you're stylin'. Thanks for sharing and commenting!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      What a fun post for upcoming Mother's Day! Though only a dog "mom," I definitely have my dog mom "sweats and Keds" look goin' on when I out with them. Luckily, they're not too embarrassed to be with me. :) Voted up, funny, awesome and shared!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderfully fun hub. Loved it and vote up for sure.

      Eddy.

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      Susan W 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Ha ha! This was incredibly humorous, you go Flourish! Teenagers are great to embarrass because they can get quite annoyed, always full of attitude! They are absolutely hilarious, from their lingo to the way they communicate on social media and texting. Technology means the world to them, so getting completely involved on social media is a fantastic way to embarrass them. They are always tagging photos and so on with their friends on Facebook, etc so letting their friends know that they have a supportive mother who knows what's best for them is great. Adding tweets such as "Dinner's ready!" or "Mommy's going to town for an hour, will you be OK? Love you" onto their FB page for everyone to see is pure gold!

      It is always so satisfactory to embarrass them. Great hub! Voted funny and shared. #waytogo!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      MsDora - My husband also likes to whistle at me in a crowd and catcall "Hot Mama!" Just keeping it real -- real awkward, that is. I get some help with the embarrassment, as you can tell. ;-) Thanks for commenting and voting.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Bishop55 - You have some warm-up time. We expect you to be in top awkward form by that time, friend!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      grand old lady - Sounds like you're going to have fun, even if your daughter doesn't! At least one of you will enjoy it! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      This is a really fun article for parents with teens. I couldn't be this brave but I admire parents who can be. I took my kids' warning seriously and missed out on the fun. Enjoyable! Voted Up!

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      Rebecca 2 years ago from USA

      Love it! Hilarious! I have about 5 years to get my practice on!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      I admit, I always loved embarrassing my daughter. She learned to accept it and that I wuz who I yam. Too bad she's all grown up. No more fun.....UNLESS U try the tactics on your list.. Get ready, my darling daughter. Great hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Mesisjunk - Your mom is a true professional! How terrific! She inspires us all!

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      Jennifer Kessner 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      This is beautiful. When my older brothers were in high school, my mom would purposely wear awful things and then go to the high school on each of their birthdays and sing in the doorway to their classroom.

      Then she did it for each of their close friends too.

      She's kind of a professional. XD

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Frank - Glad you enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing and voting, too.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Setab - Most girls do seem a little more prone to parental embarrassment tactics. It's fun on both sides! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Rafiq - If it's going to happen anyway without trying, you might as well throw yourself into it and try. More fun that way!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      .. this was enjoyable Flourish, anyway it was so worth the read.. and the share voted awesome

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      Setab 2 years ago

      You are awesome. I had 3 girls and it's been fun, only one boy whom I managed not to embarrass too much. But somehow or other I guess I embarrassed my girls more than a few times.

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      Muhammad Rafiq 2 years ago from Pakistan

      Interesting ways to embarrass one's kids just for the sake of fun. It really sounds embarrassing, when our parents behave awkwardly especially in public. Interesting and funny hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Kathleen- When they eye roll and say you're so weird, consider it a code word for I cannot believe you're this awesome (to try to sing our songs, dance to our tunes, know teen slang. The alternatives are to be super strict or checked out/uninvolved. I like to share with them some of the awkwardness of the struggle. We're just figuring it out as we go along.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      this was great! the older I get, the more well intentioned I realize my mother was, even though she embarrassed me ALL THE TIME. so i know that if im that way to my girls, they'll get over it. but ill have a hell of a time!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      MKennifer - I'm so glad you didn't merely tell me "cool story bro."That's how they diss one another's narratives. I Hashtag AppreciateYourComment and bet the are some parents who would hashtag RentYouTheirTeenForAWeek for a trial run in Awkward parenting. Get used to being called "dude" and hearing all kinds of teen gossip that will scare you into greater heights of awkwardness. Thanks for the kudos and for voting.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Ologsinquito - I tend to rely on some tips more than others, but you're right in that their threshold for embarrassment is pretty low. Her dad and I used to have to walk either ahead or behind her in the mall a few feet when she was 8 or 9 so friends wouldn't associate us. And no handholding either. One day we will come full circle, and that will be nice too.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Rachael - Glad you enjoyed this. Now people know why psychologists' kids are often a bit off-kilter. Secret's out. I used to adore the terrible twos but this teenage phase is just as much fun. She's a good and gifted child who is very patient with eccentricities. Hashtag LetsHopeItStaysAllGood.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Bill - You would've thought I could have at least done that butter churning dance out of rhythm to some tune for the sake of my craft, huh?

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Jackie - Thanks for reading my awkward hub!

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      This is absolutely hashtag fabulous, FlourishAnyway! Although I don't have kids, this makes me wants to run out and get a couple of teenagers just so I can embarrass the heck out of them. I think I could learn this "mom" business! (After all, I'm still not so old I recall being the embarrassed teenager with my own mom.)

      Love it. Wish there were more thumbs-up buttons to push. Attagirl!

      Best -- Mj

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      It looks as if you covered all the bases here. It doesn't take much to embarrass a teenager. Even just one of your suggestions would more than be sufficient. I'm pinning and sharing.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      I am guilty of #1, #4, #5 and #7 because the others are long after my time when I was raising kids in the 1980s and early 1990s. My youngest is 29 years old.

      I agree, clothing is key and often gets the best (and sometimes the most awkward) reaction when in the company of your children's friends. When carpooling my children to sports events, I always had a special outfit which included jeans, a baseball cap, gum chewing and speaking in teen vernacular to appear "cool."

      As for #2, #3 and #6, there was no Facebook, or dances known (to me) as Cabbage Patch or Sprinkler. The Electric Slide was a wedding dance. Everyone who attended weddings did the dance so my opportunity to single-handedly embarrass was limited because all the other mothers were outdoing each other with their version of the dance. If I had known then what I know now, I would have used the opportunities to fuller advantage. lol

      The number sign was used on my list of chores left for my children on the counter when they got home from school and its usage preceded its newest incarnation as a hashtag, which I use when addressing readers who comment on my blogs and hubs.

      This was a very entertaining hub. Voted up, Funny and Shared :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This was way too fun. I enjoyed raising my son immensely and just for these reasons. By the way, I am greatly disappointed that there is no picture of you doing the Sprinkler. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Makes me wish I had some teens to try it out on. Sounds like loads of fun and howling kids! lol ^

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