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10 Ways You Might Be Embarrassing Your Tween


Image Gallery: Parenting Sometimes just existing can be enough to embarrass your tween. That and nine other things we've profiled here. See more parenting pictures.
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Although we certainly don't set out to embarrass our tweens, it's perfectly normal to derive a bit of pleasure from such low-hanging fruit. After all, wasn't it just a few years ago that our potty-training prodigy made an impromptu poo in the front yard -- just as her Sunday school teacher pulled into the driveway for a visit?

So we admit to satisfying our own twisted sense of justice when we wear our Van Halen concert T-shirts (circa 1985) to pick up our sons from basketball practice. Or when we refuse to utter a word of caution as our husbands pair socks with sandals to escort our tweens to the mall. We really are embarrassing.

As your tween becomes an almost-teenager in a world fraught with hyper-mature role models, remain calm -- no matter what your tween's processing. Still, there's no harm in pushing the envelope once in a while. Especially if it means you don't have to give up your favorite T-shirt. After all, no tween ever really died of embarrassment, right?

However, in the interest of bridging the gap between tween drama and real-life parenting, we've come up with 10 ways we could tone it down. Mastering these hot topics will foster a feeling of understanding -- which is what your tween is really after.


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