“Acting weird” and “Thinking they’re funny but they’re not” are some of the top ways kids and teenagers say their parents embarrass them

Being a teenager can be stressful and awkward, and sometimes mom and dad don’t make it any easier. New data from YouGov Omnibus shows that there are plenty of things that parents do that embarrass their children. Members of Generation Z (people between ages 8 and 17) were given a list of potentially embarrassing things, and asked to choose up to three of the most embarrassing things their parents do.

The top answers were “Tell people stories about me/show people pictures of me” (25%), “Act weird/be silly” (21%), and “Think they’re funny but they’re not” (20%).

Other common answers included “Be overly protective” (19%), “Make me do things I don’t want to” (17%), “Fart” (15%), “Try to be cool or young” (15%), “Hug and kiss me” (14%), “Yell at me” (14%) and “Tease me about boys/girls” (13%).

Other possible answers included “Be too loud” (10%), “Sing” (10%), “Dance” (10%), “Interact with my friends” (9%), “Hug and kiss each other” (9%), “Joke around too much” (8%), “Call me names I don’t like” (7%), “Wear embarrassing clothes” (3%), “Other” (3%), and “Drink too much” (2%).  

But there’s good news for a select few parents out there: Some (5%) chose "nothing" when asked about the most embarrassing things their parents do.

See full results here and read about what children and teens in the UK have to say about their parents’ most embarrassing habits.

Learn more about YouGov Omnibus.

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