We all bear the psychological scars from when our parents embarrassed the s**t out of us from when we were a kid. As we’ve gotten older, we’ve learned to look back on these moments and laugh, and we’ve also realized that we’re more like our parents than we thought. Here are some of the best “embarrassing” parent stories from the Reddit universe.
“I believe I was in third grade when this happened. I had two of best friends to my house for a sleepover and we were doing something in the living room when it was time for dinner. My dad thought it would be funny to take me to the dining room by picking me up by my feet and carrying me upside down. The only problem was that I was wearing sweatpants and when he lifted me he was grabbing more pant than ankle. I was in the air for a few seconds before I fell out of my pants onto the floor bottomless and dazed. Out of the sweats and boxers and all. I immediately ran away, porky pig style to cry in private. My dad came and tried to apologize but couldn't stop laughing. At the time, it was the most embarrassed I'd ever been. In retrospect... Hilarious.”
I bet luckybe has been caught with her pants down on more than one occasion.
“The three oldest kids in our family all went to college far away from where my parents lived. So, we would always be flying home at Christmas and summer vacation. My parents would dress up in various costuming and meet us at the airport. Obviously this was before 9/11 when you could meet people at the gates. They showed up in formal wear, God awful clothes from the seventies, biker leather and chains, and would even go so far as to do wigs. My dad has always had a crew cut (and now it's very sparse)but he would always wear an afro wig. It was embarrassing, but also pretty hilarious. One time my sister complained about old men with hair sticking out of their ears. So before my parents met her at the airport one time, Dad went to Walgreens and bought fake eyelashes, rolled them up and stuck them in his ears.”
“When I was 16 I wasn't very active during the summer holidays, slept a lot, generally looked like shit and didn't feel like doing anything. This worried my mom as I usually had been a very active kid/teenager. So she jumped to the conclusion I must be using drugs. She searched my room, didn't find drugs but did find my pornstash (that was another fun talk).
When the random searches didn't work out she started interrogating me. I told her I didn't use drugs, didn't even smoke and to leave me the little bit of privacy I still had at that point. This went on for a good month: her accusing me, me denying and her frantically trying to prove she was right.
About two weeks before school started again I met one of my friends from football. Now if I say friends I mean I got along with him but would never invite him to my home or anything. Nice kid but that was about it. He told me that he had this weird call from my mom asking if I was using drugs. I found out she randomly called about 7-8 people, none of them my close friends because she figured they would lie, and asked if I used drugs. So now the whole village was talking about me behind my back as if I was an addict. To say the situation was boiling over at this point is an understatement. I came home, got into a huge fight with my mom and, as a result of him sticking up for her, my dad and didn't speak to both of them till school started again.
First day of school I get sent home because I have a high fever and a throat infection. Went to the doctor who when he hears all the other symptoms decides to take some blood and it turned out I had a serious case of Mono.
My mom never even apologised for her accusations/actions.”
Well, you don’t usually hear about mothers spreading rumors that their sons are drug addicts. Mother didn’t know best in this situation.
“When I was 13 my dad took me and my brother to see Freddy vs. Jason. There was a topless scene within the first few minutes of the movie. As soon as the boobs were shown my dad starting clapping and yelled out "Yea, that's what I'm talking about." A few more people in the theater followed suit and starting clapping and cheering along with him. I being a girl was already uncomfortable with watching a topless scene with my dad right next to me, but the cheering was just mortifying. After that day I never went to the movies with my dad again. He says he doesn't remember doing that but he chuckles when I bring it up. I know he remembers.”
Well, we’ve all experienced the agony of watching a sex scene on TV with our parents in the room.
“I was a really greasy teenager. My dad made me wash my hair and scrub my skin with dish soap for about 2 years. My "best friend" at the time finds out about this, and spreads it around the school. Holy public ridicule, Batman!
Yes, I know (and he knows now) that he was mistaken by thinking MORE washing would equal less grease. He had terrible cystic acne as a teen, too, and wanted to spare me the pain and scars he suffered. I have had hormone issues since puberty, solved easily by birth control, but my family were of the mindset that birth control turns you into a slut. I got my prescription at 18 and it fixed my grease and acne problems.
Alas, now I am a woman of childbearing age who wants kids. I'm now equally (if not more) greasy than I was as a teen. The oil in my cleavage gets churned into butter when I go for a run... overshare, I'm sorry, but damn...”
That was a bit of an overshare. Yeah, your dad didn’t think that one through very well; dish soap cannot be good for the skin.
“Once when I was 17 my mom made us late for the bus, but instead of driving me to school she caught up with the bus, and slammed on her breaks in front of the guy. I had to get out of the car and knock on the door, then walk to the back of the bus and bury my head in my hands.”
Your mom sounds like the woman who wants to speak to the manager of every establishment she visits.
“When I was 12, my dad had this BEATER of a truck. Usually he didn't drive it out of our super rural area into town but one day he did. To pick me up from school. So at 12, I'm already thinking my parents are embarrassing and ol' pops shows up in this truck and yells for me to get in. Reluctantly, I got in the truck. Only to find my dad wearing my little brother's ridiculous hat. That is a mf'n WATER BUFFALO head.
Once I got in the truck, he started bunny hoping that thing away from my school as he laughed and laughed. I was so upset. But now, it's one of the funniest things my dad did.”
Some parents just revel in their children’s embarrassment. It’s good that she can get a good laugh out of it today.
“When I was 5 I had to walk to school in the rain. My mom insisted I wear a Ronald McDonald poncho. I knew that I would get teased a lot if I wore that so I pleaded and cried to not make me wear that. She didn't back down, I wore the poncho to school, I got teased by everyone. I tried my best to pretend it didn't bug me and that McDonald's was cool but on the inside I hated my mom for making me wear it. No worries, I moved on but I've always remembered it.”
I would wear a McDonald’s poncho now and I’m in my twenties. How was that embarrassing when you were five? When I was five I was proud to wear my Barney light-up sneakers, and Barney is way less cool.
“I've mentioned this before somewhere else, and it's definitely not as bad as some others on here, but once when we moved to a new town about an hour from where I grew up, she made me wear my head gear (the kind that attaches to your braces and wraps around your face) to the school pep rally/bonfire. I was a brand new student in a tiny town, entering 6th grade in a school where I didn't know a single person. I can still hear the other kids snickering and laughing at me. Thankfully this was before cell phones and social media.”
Well, that just seems like cruel and unusual punishment. Being a new student is bad enough! I would have just avoided the pep rally altogether.
“So, I have a sleep over birthday party for my 12th. Mom decides we cam have it at her boyfriends house...who lives with his parents..Ok makes sense, big house in the woods and 15 12yr old boys. Let them lose in the woods etc.. His parents arent suppose to be there either.
Around 1am and us boys huddled around the TV playing Nintendo...we hear a sound.. Its my mom getting pounded by her boyfriend up stairs and moaning loudly while the bed squeaks. Friends are laughing their asses off. One friend gets on the stairs and starts bouncing on a squeaky stair. Mom comes down and yells at me.
Around 6am boyfriends parents come home having no clue that their son let his GF's kid have a party at their house. Old dude flips his shit and kicks us all out, including my mom.
And thats just the tip of the iceberg of having a mom embarrass me during my life.”
Oh, sweetie. Your mom should be the one who is embarrassed. She’s got a 12-year-old son and is dating some guy who lives with his parents…and has loud sex with said guy during her son’s birthday party? That’s just sad.
“My mother found out I was dating a boy she didn't like. She called EVERYONE (my principal, all my teachers, all my friends' parents, all my friends, my boss at my job, etc.) to tell them about the situation, advise them that I was not allowed to see or talk to this boy, and that any interaction with him should be reported back to her. She would then brag to everyone about how she squashed things between us and no daughter of hers was going to date such people. Of course, this made my teenage self want to see him even more, so I was seeing him in secret as much as I could. Occasionally, we would be caught by someone and it was reported back to her and my dad and all hell would break loose, and she would contact everyone again. To be fair, the guy sucked. He was a heavy drug user with a shit attitude that was going nowhere in life. However, the drama was over the top. Everyone in the town knew about it and they would all watch me to see if I was talking to him. The whole thing was a dumb teenage romance that would have ended in 3 months anyway. Now, it's all some people in my community remember me for.”
Sometimes parents should let kids make their own mistakes. Now her mother blew this situation way out of proportion.
“My family would always go camping with my mom's best friend and her family. They had two boys around the same age as my brothers and I (but closer to my brothers...I was the oldest), so we always had a blast together. One time, when I was about 13 my mom's friend brought her sister and nieces with her to the campout. The youngest niece was 15, and she was fucking beautiful. I immediately clammed up and refused to play with the rest if the boys for fear of looking immature around her. Later that night, as everyone is sitting around the campfire, I began to worry about having B.O. around her, so I decided I would go to the showerhouse down the road, and take a shower. When I told my dad this, he loudly (and for some reason angrily) said, "No! You only want to take a shower because she's here!" while pointing directly at her. I had never felt more embarrassed and I just ran down to the lake to get away from everyone who was staring at me.
I guess I could say it all worked out in the end, because after I had been sitting down by the lake for a while, the girl came to talk to me. She told me she was sorry and gave me my first kiss....out of pity.”
Every single parent on the face of the Earth has embarrassed their child in front of their crush. At least this one turned out well in the end.