For parents of misbehaving kids (which, let's face it, is all parents), embarrassment is one of the most effective ways of turning the tables. Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of a child who might've gotten a little too big for their britches more than being shown up in front of their mates.

Kids get to a stage, usually around their early teens, when they just find their parents to be eye-rollingly cringeworthy. They want to strike out in the world and find their own identities - and consequently begin to rebel a little against the 'authority figures' that are their parents. It can be a difficult period for both child and parent, but with some understanding and good humor, it can be easily negotiated.

This list, inspired by a Nick Harvey tweet, is a classic of the genre: Mortified children recounting the horror of their most embarrassing parent-related moments. Sure, some of these parents put their kids through a public shaming entirely by accident; but there are also plenty of vengeful moms and dads who knew exactly what they were doing!

Scroll down below to check out the list for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Image credits: mrnickharvey
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Tara 4 weeks ago

“Peter, your balls!” That is hilarious. Go mum

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Francis 1 month ago

her sense of humor is great!

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Francis 1 month ago

how to be found when you're lost - class 101

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Hans 4 weeks ago

awww...

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Saara-Elina Kaukiainen 1 month ago

They still came and that is awesome! :)

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Francis 4 weeks ago

dad jokes at a new level :D

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Foxxy’s #1 fan 4 weeks ago

I almost got busted smoking coz stupid young me hid an ashtray on my window sill. Well der you can see what’s on the sill from the outside. I was a bloody idiot. I am still a bit of a ditz.

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Henrich Millan 4 weeks ago

That's hilarious! :D

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Hans 4 weeks ago

I think this is actually funny. :)

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Francis 1 month ago

that is embarrassing

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Hans 4 weeks ago

I do not hink this is embarassing but nice!

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Iggy 4 weeks ago

A book and a discussion might have been a better idea!

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Francis 4 weeks ago (edited)

and again: please ground open up and swallow me :D sh*t THIS is embarrassing

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Francis 1 month ago

if i was the DJ, i had laughed my ass off :D

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Hans 4 weeks ago

Pre-approving sex education. Wow. Just wow. Why?

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Shireen 4 weeks ago

Bad ass Dad!

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My O My 4 weeks ago

You tend to find yourself a s.o. that has similarities to your parents. Congrats. You did a great job

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Hans 4 weeks ago

Frankly, this is not embarrasing, this is really, reall sad.

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Iggy 4 weeks ago

"Ground open up and swallow me, please!"

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Belle_Pandamonium 4 weeks ago

🤣

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Jenny Lind 4 weeks ago

Never ask a dad not to embarrass you!

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Hans 4 weeks ago

Oh no!

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Sinkvenice 4 weeks ago

Years ago I asked my boss "My boyfriend is coming to visit for my birthday, can I have it off?" He said "That isn't a question you should ask a work colleague." It took me a couple of seconds but my face spontaneously combusted and I ran out of the laboratory with his laughter echoing down the hallway. Fiend.

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A B C 4 weeks ago

I really wonder what the wheelchair guy thought in that moment

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xXKittensweetXx 4 weeks ago

mummy.. lol

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xXKittensweetXx 4 weeks ago

umm mom spit on my face.. no thanks

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Francis 1 month ago

what the heck did sour mum eat :D

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Tara 4 weeks ago

Naked parents yelling could be a whole other post completely.

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Tara 4 weeks ago

I was waiting for him to say, “I was 22”

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JAYDA SHUTTER 4 weeks ago

Cool!

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