Is it morally wrong to do something that you know would embarrass your teenage children? Is it selfish to do it anyway?
For instance, say someone wanted to take a taekwondo class, but their children would be mortified. But you really wanted to do it. What do you do?
Your example is, to me, ridiculous. If the children are to be "mortified" because you take an interesting class then let them be mortified. Perhaps they will learn they aren't the most important thing in the universe as well as learning to let the little things slide.
Strange example. Sounds like you are asking if it would be morally wrong for a parent to not live by their children's standards. Who is the adult in the family anyway? What is "morally wrong" about doing something honest that is fulfilling and will make the adult feel better about himself. Now if you were asking if it would be morally wrong to embarrass them by selling drugs or becoming a prostitute, that is a different story.
So taking a class in martial arts would embarrass them. Let's analyze that. What kind of standards do these kids have, anyway. Where did their idea that it was embarrassing come from, perhaps from their also very immature peers? Is it against their religion, but not the parent's? Are they pacifists? Lead by example and teach them that the best martial arts practitioners were pacifist monks, not Ninjas. Would they be embarrassed to take Taekwondo themselves?
Besides, sometimes it doesn't hurt to embarrass the little fa*ts. If they have never done something to embarrass a parent, that is one parent in a billion.
Take the class. Practice in front of them. Get really good at Taekwondo. Move on to Karate. Win some competitions. Hang your awards and karate belts where they can see them. Use your martial arts practices as excuses to cancel engagements or not meet up with them.
Its immoral not to.
Immoral would be much different. Think of breaking the Ten Commandments.
Such as adultery, theft, lying, not following the golden rule, turning against/ignoring God,
Such as refusing to watch grandkids or calling them names, talking bad about your kids' spouses, being selfish with time or money when they need you.
All these things would be embarrassing and beyond.
Not taking enriching classes.
The whole point of having teenage children is to do stuff that horribly embarrasses them, especially in front of their friends.
Wearing shorts, sandals and dark socks on a family trip to the Mall.
Driving past your child and their friends in your compact car, with all the windows down, singing along with Black Sabbath at the top of your lungs.
Leaving your child's album of baby photos out in plain sight when friends come over (bonus points if said friend is of the opposite gender).
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