Things You Can Do to Embarrass Your Kids

Kids are expensive, messy, and time consuming. Why not enjoy them? Try some of these for your own entertainment.

  • Whenever you see your child with their friends, yell really loud, "Hi! Hi! I'm his dad I'm his dad!
  • Tell your child's friends a joke - the stupider, the better
  • Use ghetto slang incorrectly in public
  • Dance badly in public where your children can see you
  • Whenever you run into your child at the mall or or the street, point at them and say, "That's my kid!"
  • When eating in a public place with your teenager, exhibit terrible table manners. Ideally, try to make as much food fall on the floor as goes in your mouth.
  • When you give your child and their friend a ride, put on your favorite radio station and sing along with gusto
  • Compare your child's toilet training with your own when speaking with their grandmother in the child's presence
  • At a family event, discuss the most stupid things your child has ever done with the child's relatvies. Use a lot of gestures and laugh a lot.
  • Make hand motions as if you are doing a rap in public where your child can see you. Extra credit if you wear your baseball cap backwards.
  • Wear colorful boxer underwear with your pants down around the tops of your thighs
  • Wear a bandana on your head like a pirate
  • Speak like a pirate in front of your child's friends: "Arrrh, matey. Avast! Belay that landlubber talk. We've got to follow the pirates' code. There be buried treasure.." etc.
  • Wear spandex
  • Where your child can hear you, tell their teacher that your child is shy and needs to be encouraged to come out of their shell
  • Sit in on the high school band in which your child is a player and try to play an instrument you don't know how to play
  • Try to join your son's pick up basketball game
  • If age appropriate, mention that their existence is proof that you and their other parent had sex at least once

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Gillsie 7 years ago from Oregon

Thanks for the laugh. : )

Having 4 teenagers, I know a bit about how to embarrass a kid. Some times all you have to do is be in the same room.

My 16 year old daughter especially liked it when she introduced me to her boyfriend (also 16) and I stuck out a limp hand saying, "charmed I'm shuwa" while staring over the top of my sun glasses.

She replied with a "see told ya my Mom was weird." so he countered by telling me I had beautiful eyes....That shut me up!

So be careful, some times they outsmart you...


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I am blessed that my kids are all smarter and better looking. They outsmart me all the time!


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Schwag 7 years ago from Clarksville, TN

I really liked this hub. I'm new to the parenting thing. Mine is only 11.5 months old. It is interesting to note that the "teenager" attitude starts at around month 9. I don't get to retaliate with embarassment yet, but I can't wait. BTW, thanks for the fan mail!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Given the lack of inhibitions at that age, embarrassment probably will be ineffective. However, everything you do will be funny!


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

ROFLMAO! Thanks Tom :)


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Hey, with all the stress and the grief they give me, I think I'm due a little entertainment! Let me put on my hood, yo. It's col' outside.


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Lgali 7 years ago

lol i like this

Dance badly in public where your children can see you


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

He, he, he, a lot of kids would love to have such parents. Parents are very often "too serious". Thumbs up for funny parenting.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Awww man, where were you when my kids were teens! This would have been hysterical. Great ideas. Sounds like you've had some success with them.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Lgali - luckily I dance badly already, so it is not too much effort!

I think I would go crazy if I were serious, Tatjana!

Shirley - no, no success. Fun, though!


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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

Haha, BTW, using "ROFLMAO" is another way to do the job. Now they use LOL, or just LMAO (don't ask me for explanation of this one, my age won't allow me to re-abbreviate it, but it's the same as the first one, just without the ROF)


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I atill feel funny using LOL or ROFLMAO etc. I have to just say, "ha ha". I know I am getting older all the time. :0)


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

OOOOPS!! You mean I'm not supposed to do those things????!??


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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

I've said "Haha" too :-( Am I getting older?:-( COL (meaning "Cry Out Loud"). Hey, I've just made a new entry!:-)


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Proud Mom, I think we MUST do these things. Otherwise, who will?

ReuVera, good to see you again so soon! Now I have to get busy and write some comments myself :)

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