The Top 5 Things Your Parents Did to Embarrass You, That Now YOU Do…

It happens so suddenly that most of us don’t even realize it. One day we’re hiding our faces in shame at all of the embarrassing things our parents do on the regular – little did we know that one day the tables would turn, and it would be us doing those same embarrassing things! It’s all a part of life, and it seems to be something that no one can avoid. Eventually, no matter how hard we try, we all end up doing the very same things that our parents embarrassed us by doing. 

But hey, that’s just part of growing up! Although, it is hilarious when your parents notice it and totally call you out. 

Here are the top 5 things that your Latino parents did to embarrass you…that now you totally do. We guarantee it, at least some of these apply to you! As they say – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

1. You now water down your favorite juice to make it last longer.

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OMG, remember when you’d wake up for Saturday morning breakfast and cartoons, and mami would hand you orange juice that was more water than juice? You’d whine and complain, and she’d say, “Ayyy, it’s too expensive!” But here’s the kicker: now this is something you totally do! After all, you have bills to pay and a social life to maintain – you can’t be spending all your money on juice. So yeah, you totally catch yourself watering down your favorite brand of OJ to make it last longer. That’s life. We all deal with it.

2. Now you are the person who yells at your friends to turn off the lights when they leave a room.

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Remember how many times your mom and papi yelled at you to turn off the lights when you left a room? It was even worse when they yelled at you in front of your friends. Well, here’s a plot twist: you’re now the person yelling at your roommates to turn off lights as they leave the room! It’s really not your fault that all of your friends are forgetful, but when did this happen? When did you become your parents who were obsessed with saving money on the power bill and being energy efficient? Honestly, it all happened so fast… (But seriously – can’t your friends just turn off the dang luces when they leave a room?)

3. Saving every single shopping bag to re-use over and over again.

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It was always so embarrassing when your friends came over to your house after school and you opened up the pantry for snacks, and a hundred shopping bags sprang back into your face. Your parents never – and we mean never – throw out a single grocery bag. It didn’t matter if the bags were ripping or stained or too small, they never threw them away. 

And now you are your parents because you have a dedicated tilichera drawer in your kitchen that is stuffed to the brim with shopping bags. You never know when you may need one! Plus, you’re not being wasteful…just a bit of a hoarder. It’s fine. You’re fine. 

4. Being obsessed with wearing sunscreen.

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There was nothing quite as embarrassing as when your parents would slather sunscreen onto your face every single time the rays of the sun came anywhere near you. The worst was when it happened poolside during the summer – in front of everyone, including the hottie lifeguard. But, alas, you are now the adult who is obsessed with wearing SPF. If only you knew when you were a child that your parents were actually doing the best thing for you – protecting your skin! Although, did your mom really have to put so much on your face? It was so humiliating. Important, yes, but still… humiliating.

5. Taking food wherever you go.

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It’s a very unique brand of embarrassment when you’re at the movies, on a road trip, or at a theme park, and your parents pull out an entire homemade lunch spread. Sure,  you were thankful for the food because nobody’s trying to be hangry… but still. It was pretty embarrassing, especially when they got called out by the movie theater employees. Now, as an adult, you totally understand the importance of bringing food everywhere – it’s all about being frugal! You now understand how vital it is to always have your favorite tasty snacks – like Jack in the Box’s Really Big Chicken Sandwich. It may be extra big, and require the use of an extra-large bag, but you’ll happily sneak it into movies, meetings, work – wherever you go because there’s nothing more delicious than a really big chicken sandwich. 

Can you believe you now do all of these things? If someone told you when you were little that you’d grow up to be as frugal as your parents, you would never have believed them. But now, you find yourself embracing it. It’s just part of getting older – and hey, money doesn’t grow on trees. Besides, embarrassing your younger primos when you pull the Really Big Chicken Sandwich from Jack in the Box out of your purse is totally worth it when you’re enjoying the incredible taste! One day, they’ll learn, and they’ll catch themselves doing the same “embarrassing” things too.