10 Ways You Might Be Embarrassing Your Tween


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Dance Moves
You might think you've still got it on the dance floor, but your tween sure doesn't.
You might think you've still got it on the dance floor, but your tween sure doesn't.
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If you break out into the "running man" while chaperoning your tween's school dance, go ahead and call a cab for your son. There's no way he's riding home with you. Don't even think about following your crowd-stopping performance with an invitation to join the Electric Slide. And at all costs, don't cap it off by "dirty dancing" with your spouse.

Aside from the obvious reasons, why are your dance moves so embarrassing to your tween? It could be all in their heads. Their medial prefrontal cortexes, to be exact. A study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience showed that tweens use a different part of the brain from adults to process embarrassment; it's the portion that regulates social emotions. So it may be time to redshirt your dance moves, at least for your tween's sake.