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Today’s topic is a time-honored classic: The teenager who is totally embarrassed by her parents.
15-year-old Ellie is having some serious issues with the way her parents dress, and even what they have planned for Halloween costumes this year. She desperately wants to get the message across, but is afraid that such a revelation might be upsetting to her folks.
Speaking from experience, a parent isn’t usually aware when they’re not looking (or acting) age-appropriate. I went through a period where I was dressing in ultra-casual cargo pants and tees, years before Sheldon made it cool on “The Big Bang Theory”. My kids never really seemed to have an issue with it, but my wife eventually made it clear that she would like her husband to dress like a grown man.
I didn’t take it too personally, because I would never want to embarrass my family. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have an identity of my own, but I’m smart enough to know that I’m not the barometer of cool when it comes to fashion and style. Maybe that’s why I have some sympathy for Ellie’s situation; I realize she’s only 15 years old, but it’s a hell of a lot harder to “fit in” for a teenager. More to the point, “fitting in” is part of the growing process for Ellie…and I’m pretty sure her parents already went through that process for themselves.
Some constructive feedback might lead these parents to stop trying to relive their glory days at the expense of their daughter’s first time experiencing her own.