Children often find their parents to be a source of embarrassment but sometimes it works the other way round too.
If you have children, you’ll be familiar with the onset of a red-faced fluster as they drag you kicking and screaming into social shambles.
Whether they’re throwing a tantrum in the supermarket, telling the whole school that Santa isn’t real, or being the child that runs around in a restaurant, there are no end of new ways in which they will manage to draw unwanted attention.
We love them but here are 12 things we could all definitely do without.
1. Kicking up a stink by picking the worst time imaginable to fill a nappy
Babies’ bowels can sense an opportunity to unleash an atrocity – a lift, a bus, a long queue.
2. Being a potty mouth
They always seem to suddenly develop Tourette’s when the mother-in-law is round.
3. Being inappropriately factual
‘We’re late because mummy had diarrhoea and we had to stop at Grandma’s house to go to the toilet.’
There’s really no point trying to cover this one up because your flaming cheeks have already sealed your fate.
4. Scolding innocent passers-by
Telling your child that they will get spots if they don’t eat their veg is a lie we’re not proud of but we’ve all tried it.
It’s perfectly harmless until your child catches sight of a spotty teenager and shouts, ‘Look, Mummy, that boy hasn’t been eating his greens.’