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
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4 months ago

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

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Francis
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4 months ago

her sense of humor is great!

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Francis
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4 months ago

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

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Hans
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4 months ago

awww...

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Saara-Elina Kaukiainen
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4 months ago

They still came and that is awesome! :)

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Francis
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4 months ago

dad jokes at a new level :D

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Foxxy’s #1 fan
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4 months 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
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4 months ago

That's hilarious! :D

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Hans
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4 months ago

I think this is actually funny. :)

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Francis
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4 months ago

that is embarrassing

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Hans
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4 months ago

I do not hink this is embarassing but nice!

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Iggy
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4 months ago

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

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Francis
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4 months ago (edited)

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

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Francis
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4 months ago

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

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Hans
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4 months ago

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

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Shireen
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4 months ago

Bad ass Dad!

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My O My
Community Member
4 months 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
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4 months ago

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

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Iggy
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4 months ago

"Ground open up and swallow me, please!"

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Belle_Pandamonium
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4 months ago

🤣

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Jenny Lind
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4 months ago

Never ask a dad not to embarrass you!

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Hans
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4 months ago

Oh no!

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Sinkvenice
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4 months 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
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4 months ago

I really wonder what the wheelchair guy thought in that moment

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xXKittensweetXx
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4 months ago

mummy.. lol

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xXKittensweetXx
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4 months ago

umm mom spit on my face.. no thanks

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Francis
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4 months ago

what the heck did sour mum eat :D

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Tara
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4 months ago

Naked parents yelling could be a whole other post completely.

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Tara
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4 months ago

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

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JAYDA SHUTTER
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4 months ago

Cool!

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Iggy
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4 months ago

That's fab! Proud grandma!

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Francis
Community Member
4 months ago

the moment you realize that dying in a car accident might not be that bad... (i'm ready for the downvotes..)

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Hans
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4 months ago

Well played, dad.

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
Community Member
4 months ago

Not missing a beat, he responded, "I'm just glad you're not buying an aubergine" (aubergine = eggplant)

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IzzieM
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4 months ago

I am going to google the Frug immediately!

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Kristof De Smet
Community Member
4 months ago

Had a similar experience once in Germany: mum asks for a roasted chicken at a stall, and the guy replies asking 'Ein gansche?', which means a complete chicken, not half of it. My mum, being Flemish understood 'A goose?' ('een ganse?') and replies 'No, no, a chicken!'

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Erratic Logic
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4 months ago

I hate parents like that. Why can't you just relax & let your kids enjoy playing a game?

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xXKittensweetXx
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4 months ago

._.

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Woodpecker
Community Member
4 months ago

Is your muns name Karen, per chance?

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Iggy
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm sure Seamus Heaney got a good laugh out of it.

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European other
Community Member
4 months ago

Indecent exposure anyone ?!

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Iggy
Community Member
4 months ago

That is heartbreaking.

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
Community Member
4 months ago

He's now called Father O'Connolly by his parish

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Tara
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4 months ago

I love this. So much.

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Kristof De Smet
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4 months ago

If a man would have done it to her, she probably would have filed a complaint...

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Bill
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4 months ago

Chicken or Buffalo

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xXKittensweetXx
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4 months ago

scary..

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xXKittensweetXx
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4 months ago

rule number one: if you see photos, videos, or crafts being pulled out.. RUN

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Anne
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4 months ago

Poor gramma

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R L
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4 months ago

That is such a Dad comment :)

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Belle_Pandamonium
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4 months ago

Oh no 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯

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xXKittensweetXx
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4 months ago

why would she need to know that?

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Tara
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4 months ago

I’m so sorry

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KaPOW
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4 months ago

Unsupportive Mother

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Tara
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4 months ago

My daughter would kill me

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Flame Phoenix
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4 months ago

Holy Frick mom

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Tara
Community Member
4 months ago

Is be a “liar, liar?” (Another dad joke. Sorry)

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Hard 2 Guess
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4 months ago

Well, at least you know your MIL is looking out for you.

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Kristof De Smet
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4 months ago

O.M.G.

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Tanja
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4 months ago

her child was hurt, no time for vanity!

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xXKittensweetXx
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4 months ago

"some teachers were never the same again" oml XD

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xXKittensweetXx
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4 months ago

i am so sorry kid

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Tara
Community Member
4 months ago

I think that’s more embarrassing to your poor mum...maybe?

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Pittsburgh rare
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4 months ago

This is gold

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Pittsburgh rare
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4 months ago (edited)

As a mother, I don't think it was a mistake 😂

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European other
Community Member
4 months ago

More embarrassing for the cast member

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European other
Community Member
4 months ago

My Mum tried to measure me for a bra in M&S in front of other staff and shoppers !!!

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European other
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4 months ago

Yeah that's what we innocently used to call an eraser in the 1980s

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xXKittensweetXx
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4 months ago

wow mom.... wow

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Iggy
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4 months ago

So how is therapy going? ;-D

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Hans
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4 months ago

Trauma!

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