by Amy and David (without too much imagination, you can probably determine which parent does the most to further this cause.)
- Asking for anything special or heaven forbid returning a meal at a restaurant, or in any way inconveniencing the wait staff…or having any conversation with the staff on any topic at all.
- Wearing a plastic bag as shorts at a public venue (understandably, this is actually embarrassing, but the ground was wet and we were picnicking at an outdoor concert, so what is a father to do, really?)
- Speaking English with the accent of the foreign language of the country being visited.
- Photographing, admiring and touching strangers’ bikes and cars when walking down the street. But isn’t this much less embarrassing than actually touching strangers?
- Speaking loudly, or in any voice above a whisper.
- Singing in public is not allowed. Strangely, dancing in public is allowed.
- Asking questions of a personal nature including, “What did your parents die of? What medications do you take? Why did you get divorced? Where are you from? How much does this cost? Where is the train station?”
- Publically praising your 13 year old.
- Stopping to take pictures in the middle of the road.
- Arguing with police officers.
- Doing self serve at a full serve restaurant, or going behind the service counter for any reason.
- Public nudity (don’t ask!)
- Writing a blog post about 13 ways to embarrass your 13 year old daughter.