"For Halloween that year, I had my arms crossed all of trick or treating." Have you been embarrassed by your parents, or better - have you been to blame?
A look at the top 5 most inappropriate Halloween Costumes going around this season.
Parents can be pretty annoying at times. Some would even say embarrassing ... but if you think your childhood was something from Meet the Fockers, then you need to read on.
Some genius on Reddit asked people to share their stories of parental embarrassment and they're pretty hilarious.
A hard-ass dad
One person recalled that time her dad terrorised her first date:
"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."
Be a good role model. Teach and model kindness and good manners online. Because children are great mimics, limit your own media use. In fact, you'll be more available for and connected with your children if you're interacting, hugging and playing with them rather than simply staring at a screen.
A very 'Bad Boys' welcome went very wrong. Image: Columbia Pictures/YouTube.
Airing out the dirty laundry
Another responded with a story which resulted in horrific embarrassment in front of a high school boyfriend:
"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. Then he cheated on me."
How Schools Thwart Passions
Another person shared an experience where his mother went a little too far in protecting his education:
"When I was in seventh grade and went to a youth conference with my church. All students got a free T-shirt and people were signing each other's name on them. This one girl signed mine dotted the I with a heart and left her number. Well I get home my mum is doing my laundry and finds said number. Yup you guessed it, my mother called the number and told the girl I needed to focus on education and didn't have time for girls."
Let your kids place an order. Once a week, allow your children to choose what's for dinner and cook it for them.
"MASSIVE fake tits"
One person told about her mother who took the making of a Halloween costume a little too seriously:
"When I was eight (yes, EIGHT years old) I was OBSESSED with the new Charlie's Angels movie with Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu 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 eight-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 mortified 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.
Photo evidence still makes her anxious. Image: iStock.
Kid's worst nightmare
Did you ever have one of those dreams when you were a child, where you realised you were at school without any clothes on? Need we say more...?
Talk about what it means to be a good person. Start early: When you read bedtime stories, for example, ask your toddler whether characters are being mean or nice and explore why.
"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 mum 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."
Do you have an embarrassing parent story? Or even better - have you done something to embarrass your own kids? We'd love to hear about it in the comments (extra points for photographic evidence!).
Yet five people talking about one particular school can sound as if they’re talking about five different schools because the idea of ‘school’ is so personal, evoking for each one of us an experience of childhood, of parenting, of hope and disappointment, of what we’ve come to believe about ourselves and other people. When young people talk about ‘school’, they’re usually referring (unconsciously) to those things.