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People Share Their Most Mortifying Stories About Being Embarrassed by a Parent

It seems to be a trait of all teenagers to think that their parents are embarrassing. Sometimes, you don’t even have to do anything except exist in their presence to be deemed ‘cringe.’ However, some parents really can be painful to be around in public. If you were ever unfortunate enough to feel embarrassed by your parents, its not something you forget ina hurry. In fact, it can make you blush and relive the humiliation all over gain simply by thinking about it many years later.

We’ve picked out some of the best (or worst) stories people have shared about their parents embarrassing them. Enjoy!

Had my first boyfriend in middle school and brought him home one time. At one point my mom made him bring me my clean laundry. And by that I mean a single pair of pink High School Musical underwear. I cried from embarrassment but he was actually pretty cool about it and comforted me. (scuffery)

My dad, influenced partly by Bad Boys 2, decided to mess with my boyfriend on my first date by acting like a hard-ass. He filled a whiskey bottle with tea, and when he answered the door he chugged the whole thing while staring my boyfriend down, then tried to break the bottle over his own head. The date was canceled due to the hospital trip, and I became known as the girl with the batshit insane father. “Don’t concuss yourself this time” became the running joke once I was able to get a date again. (Zarokima)

When I was 8 (yes, 8 years old) I was OBSESSED with the new Charlie’s Angels movie with Cameron Diaz, Lucy Lu, and Drew Barrymore.

There’s a scene in the movie where Drew is dressed in a patriotic jumpsuit at Nascar racetrack and I really wanted to have that outfit for my Halloween costume. My mom is a costumer and, God bless her, made my costume from scratch to resemble Drew’s jumpsuit.

Well, as you can probably imagine, an 8 year old girl does not have the cleavage to fill that jumpsuit out. So my mother decided to add MASSIVE fake tits to this costume. I was mortifed and for some reason she would not take them out. So for Halloween that year, I had my arms crossed all of trick or treating. I still look back at the pictures from that year with deep anxiety. (TooMuchBiscotti)

My mom told everyone (20-30) people I got my period.

Thanks mom. (iswronmemum)

It was my 16th birthday and my family went to a fancy Italian restaurant. The staff came over to sing happy birthday to me and my dad started singing along loudly in a bad Italian opera kind of accent (we are not Italian). The staff was so stunned they just stopped singing. The other customers around us laughed and applauded and the staff just walked away. I was mortified. (Original_Score)


When I was young we had a pajama day at school but I always just wore my boxers to sleep. Well obviously a kid can’t show up to school in just underwear but I was too little/dumb to understand that. Why my mom allowed me to go and even drove me there, I have no idea. It was the most embarrassing day of my life, and the school had to call my parents to come pick me up halfway through the day. (NerfCat)

When I was 5 or so my pre-k did a play based on Noah’s ark (it was a pre-k attached to a church).

We were instructed that our costume was supposed to be rain coats/rain boots/umbrellas. I didn’t have any of those things but begged my Dad to get me at least one of them so I’d fit in and follow the guidelines.

Fast-forward: the night of the play. I’m frantically scanning the audience because my Dad is ALWAYS late.

He finally shows up and brings me: a life jacket. I had to stand up there with all the kids in their little raincoats in a life jacket. I was really embarrassed. Dad’s defense was that I was the only kid who would have survived the flood. 😂

I can laugh now but I sure wasn’t laughing then! (haylibee)


My mother insisted on seeing exactly what I bought for clothes to make sure they weren’t too baggy until I went away to college. When I was 17, we were buying jeans at the Gap, and when I wouldn’t basically do a fashion show for her for every pair of pants I tried on, she crawled her 58-year-old self under the door of the dressing room where I was trying them on. I’m a guy, and the dressing room had a line out the door. Everybody saw. Everybody heard. (Fritter_and_Waste)

I have aggressive Crohn’s that started showing up around 8th grade. My mom took me to all of my Dr. appointments, which were all pretty embarrassing, because no teenage boy wants their mom involved in their butt related illness. One particular visit, we were about half way through the appointment, when she whipped out a Cool Whip tub. Turns out, the following night I used the bathroom and it didn’t all go down, so she thought it would be helpful to load that up in our poor people tupperware and haul it on into the Dr., so he could look it over. He had the confused/”what am I supposed to do with poop in a Cool Whip tub” face for a good 5-10 seconds, then politely dismissed it. Who’d have thought that there isn’t any medical knowledge to be gained from fishing poop out of the toilet, refrigerating it overnight, and schlepping it up for an office visit. (egvubb3)

My mom is the worst! She does it unintentionally. I’m 34 and we hang out a lot.

In stores when we split up, I can hear her yelling my name from across the store. I’ve asked her 100 times to use her cell phone or look for me. I never hear anyone else’s names being yelled out! It happens so much that I’ve stopped going out with her as much.

Also, we had a family dinner with aunts, uncles, and cousins, and I don’t know how it came up because I was in another conversation, but I heard her say, “GinaLinetti4Prez has a gynecologist appointment next week!” WHY!? We were at a restaurant too! Everything went silent. (GinaLinetti4Prez)

My dad told a guy I had a crush on that I liked him. I was 16 or 17 at the time. Still mortified when I think about it.

In the rom-com version of my life he declared he liked me too and we drove off into the sunset. In reality I had to stop shopping in the store he worked at and live with the shame. (aurorarose1975)

My mom and I used to try and embarrass each other. It one day we were at Safeway and I was in the toilet paper isle and there was a VERY hot guy in there as well she held up a mega pack of toilet paper and yelled HEY SWEETHEART THIS WILL BE PERFECT ON YOUR SENSITIVE BUM. HOW’S YOUR DIARRHEA RIGHT NOW??? I thought I would die. (toiletcleaner999)

My mum thinks being a slut means being messy. I learnt this as she told my new opposite sex housemates at uni that I was “a bit of a slut”.

I’ve told her numerous times what it actually means, but am sure I will have to tell here again when she inevitably calls me a slut in public.

I’m 33 and have been with my husband since I was 17. Hardly massive slut behaviour. Am a bit untidy. (agnesb)


10th birthday, school is holding a McDonalds fundraiser. Everyone is there. Sister works at the McDonald’s and gets you a special cake for your birthday. Life is peaking. Mom is carrying out the cake with everyone from my class watching and drops the cake straight on the ground. Not only is 10 year old me devastated, but my mom then proceeds to start scooping cake off the floor onto plates and insisting that people eat it. Mom isn’t allowed to carry cakes anymore. (Dresweezy)

My mum showed up to my job at Subway during the lunch rush on my birthday with some balloons, and got the whole place to sing Happy Birthday to me. Restaurant was full, and I had no way to escape. (Mindfreak66)

My dad discovered I was wearing thongs when I was 13 after he did a load of laundry and found a few in my wash. He came up from the basement wearing my newly cleaned thong as an eye patch and started acting like a pirate in front of my friends. He also had one of his drinking buddies over at the time that never let me live it down whenever I saw him after. (spookycamphero)

The first time my boyfriend came to my parents house with me my dad told him that they abide by the “if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down” rule. 🤦‍♀️ (Lefty–)

I shared a meme on Facebook of a short video clip featuring two people looking shocked at the appearance of Jesus. It was captioned, “My family when I come out of my room.” As a relatively self aware teen who had a computer in his room, I thought this was hysterical. My mother commented on it, “We’re not looking at you like you’re God, we’re just shocked by the smell.” I was mortified and deleted the whole post before anyone else could see it. (glory_of_dawn).

What’s the most embarrassing thing your parent has done?

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Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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