Pity my poor daughters. Just as they have reached the age when just the mere fact that they have parents seems to embarrass them, my husband and I have reached the age where we don't really care what other people think of us. So my daughters have been permanently scarred because we've yelled "I love you" after them as they ran away from us when we took them to school—and have felt the shame of seeing their parents dance as if no one is watching (when obviously, somebody is!).
But apparently, those sins don't even top the list of ways that parents shame their Gen Z offspring. A new YouGov survey asked kids ages 8 to 17 for the top three things their parents did to embarrass them. And 25 percent of them thought that telling stories and sharing photos of them is the most embarrassing thing imaginable. (Good thing they aren't on Facebook to see what we're up to!)
• Act weird/be silly
• Think you're funny when you're not (clearly, humor is in the eye of the beholder)
• Be overly protective
• Make them do things they don't want to do (like, oh, I don't know....clean their room?)
Only 5% of those surveyed thought their parents didn't do anything embarrassing at all. (And those parents clearly need to step up their game.)
I don't think any survey will keep me from hugging and kissing my kids (even though 14% of those surveyed said that was totally cringe-worthy). My daughters will just have to grin and bear it.
You can see the full results of the survey here.