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How to Embarrass Your Tween or Teen

Updated on January 13, 2012

Gone are days when my daughter greeted me after school with a smile and some sort of artwork that indicated how her parent's were the center of her world, these years, from Kindergarten through 4th grade, are those things parents hold onto forever. Winds of change began to blow starting in 5th Grade, just a slight breeze of independence and rebel with a cause. When 6th Grade arrived, the slight breeze and turned into a good headwind, makeup started to dominate her face and friends were way more important as was Facebook. The little rebel with a cause was now pushing some limits. There were definite signs of anti-parentism and hard to ignore with all the rules suddenly imposed in certain situations. As a parent, I understood and reflected how I was, doesn't make it any easier! Worse was yet to come, the official start of the teens from tweens began in 7th Grade. More rules for parents to follow in more situations, more anti-parentism on a much larger scale. Why did this have to happen? Suddenly, privacy is a huge issue. The headwind is more like a very strong gust at times and sometimes rivals a typhoon. Luckily, boys are not really happening yet. This is going to become a scene from so many teen movies, I can see it and know its dialogue already!

There is amusement in the rules that many parents, like myself, must try to abide by.

1. As we approach school, the radio must be turned down, especially if it a station the teen does not approve of.

2. There will be no Beatle CDs being played while the teen is in car (she use to love them!).

3. When we pick up her friends for transport to the mall or movie, the parent is not allowed to ask said friends anything. They are to remain silent.

4. Parents must listen to teen stations while they are in car and must NOT sing or hum to any songs they happen to like.

5. The Disney radio station is now forbidden (it was her favorite through 5th grade),

6. When in public, parents will refrain from showing affection via actions or words, especially if friends are within hearing range.

7. Any parental comments made on the teen's facebook page will be monitored or deleted (R we in Russia somehow?)

8. If the teen has friends over at the house, the parental unit must be near invisible and refrain from interaction with friends.

9. It is a fact that teens are correct and parental units are wrong. That is a given.

10. if the bedroom door is closed, parents must knock and be given permission to enter by the Queen teen.

11. Parental units are expected to know how to text and they should refrain from using the phone as a , well, phone. Send an email or text.

With so many teen rules, it is no wonder there is clash! LOL! Oh, to embarrass and have the teen wrath upon you, simply pick a rule to violate, it is guaranteed to work!


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Yes, so many rules for a a parent to abide by and they are always changing!

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      7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I think you have just given voice to the teen Constitution as it relates to anyone over 30. I'm still laughing about the not being able to use the phone to make a call because it's spot on!

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I still miss seeing her innocent artwork she would bring home daily, that is why it still on display in the house. yes, change is always a difficult thing.

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      Roberta McIlroy 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      lol. this is a great hub. have to say the one time i embarassed my daughter picking up a box of mentrual pads for her on the way home from work, and, as i pass the living room on the way to the kitchen i toss them at her to catch. i heard a screech followed by steps running upstairs. i ran to the livingroom to find out what was wrong and there sitting on my couch is a boy she had a major crush on. he saw the box i tossed to her. oops!!

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks to all!

    • Ladybird33 profile image


      7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      This is classic and excellent advice! Thank you so much.

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      7 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

      Clearly you are following the most important rule of all -- parental unit must maintain sense of humor or all is lost! Cute hub.

    • SUSIE DUZY profile image


      7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      It certainly doesn't take much to embarass a tween or teen. My daughter was beside herself just by me kissing her when I dropped her at school.

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      Kathy Henderson 

      7 years ago from Pa

      Love this so true ~ I have a lovely teen daughter ~ but she is slipping into that young adult role very soon as she finishes her senior year and prepares for college ~ now she wants me to sit in her room again and chat and shares her day and ideas and purchases and future ~ sad the go away for awhile but at least they return before the really have to go~ I have a younger boy and he is way easier but we shall see he is almost 4 years behind her, so new adventures ahead ~ :)

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      7 years ago from Here, There, and Everywhere. USA

      My parents were probably very happy that I skipped out on a few of these as a teen by choice, and others (like FB and texting/cell phone) because they weren't around! I can't wait to embarrass my kids, currently 4yrs and 7 mos. It will be so much fun.

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      David Legg 7 

      7 years ago from Trout Paradise, Colorado

      Ha ha ha... I have a teen and this is one of my hobbies. I have my own repertoire, and it's all in good fun. I'm with oldandwise... I like to threaten the comic pictures or stories when her friends are over.

      Thanks for sharing!


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      Bonny OBrien 

      7 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      I hear ya. I have to grown kids. A teenage grandson and a pre-teen granddaughter, plus 3 younger grandkids. I see all of it happening now, even with my 9 year old granddaughter. Great hu. Voted up.

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      Keith Schroeder 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I hear you talking, perrya. My kids went through it too. As our children got older and the hormones toned down, they came back and enjoyed mom and dad's advice. I remember I went through the same thing.

      Enjoy your kids at every stage. It doesn't last long and the memories are my most cherished moments.

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      7 years ago

      Great hub, brought back many memories and a good laugh. Another good one is on her 13th birthday, create a wall of pictures from baby till now. COver it with a sheet and when all her friends arrive, do the unveiling! She will die from embarressment and you will have the last laugh. After time, she will come back down to earth, when she sees her friends enjoying the pics! voted up.


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