When it comes to embarrassing and completely humiliating a parent in public, kids seem to have it waxed.
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Those awkward moments when your child does or says something that makes you look like the world’s worst parent might leave you dying a little inside or temporarily disowning your child.
Here are some awkward and cringe-worthy situations that you can thank your kids for:
When your child pulls your skirt or your pants down in public it’s enough to make you want to dissolve into tiny little pieces and disappear underground.
Clean up on aisle number 3!
You made sure your child went to the bathroom before leaving home but come aisle number three and you’re wondering what on earth is dripping from the trolley. Oh, it’s warm too. And then...a yellow river flows down the centre of the aisle while the elderly slip and slide through your child’s urine.
Insensitivity is okay if you’re a child
Kids are the first to point out someone’s race, disability or weight and at some point they’re going to ask why that person has something you don’t. “Mommy why does that man only have one arm?” is a fair question to ask when coming from a young child. It’s when they say it loud enough for everyone including the person in mention to hear that you find yourself moving swiftly along to the check-out counters.
Single parenting and dating
Trust your child to tell your date things about you that you really wouldn't want them to know when trying to impress someone you fancy. "My Daddy really let one rip last night and told me that when I'm bigger I'll be able to make noises from my bum as loud as he does."
"Is there a baby in your tummy?"
"Nope. Just a few pies and beer."
When your child tells his class teacher, "Last night I heard Mommy and Daddy crying like loud animals from their bedroom."
Representing the rainbow
It's great to let your young child choose her own outfit every now and then but when they come out of the room looking like some sort of futuristic abstract artwork you probably regret telling them that they could wear whatever they liked.
Kids have no shame when it comes to talking about their (or your) bits.
"One day I want to grow a big willy like my Daddy's one."
Oh cute, your child just organised his own birthday party. For the whole class. For tomorrow. (His birthday is seven months away).
Ah that awkward moment when a parent calls you up to RSVP to your child's Superhero party that you knew nothing about.
Honesty is not always the best policy
When your child repeats something that you said about someone, to that specific person.
"Granny, Mommy said that every time we come have roast lunch at your house she has to stay in the toilet the whole night.
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