Obama Thwarts His Daughters' Tattoo Dreams With a Terrifically Twisted Parenting Move

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bad tattooOf all the ways to deal with teenage rebellion, I think the best I've heard so far is President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's strategy, revealed on the Today show this morning:

"What we’ve said to the girls is, 'If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.' And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel."

Brilliant! Every teen's worst fear is being embarrassed, especially by his or her parents (my daughter's almost 12 and already I'm getting the panicked tugs on my sleeve and death glare when she thinks I'm about to say something reputation-damaging in front of her friends). The Obamas' genius idea got us thinking ... what other forms of teenage rebellion could potentially be curbed by the threat of parental humiliation?

1. Wearing risque and/or ridiculous clothing.

Imagine how horrified your daughter would be if you went out and bought a short shorts and bandeau top ensemble identical to the one she thinks she can wear to school! Or the look on your son's face when his dad starts wearing his pants super-low with his boxers sticking out the top!

2. Speaking exclusively in slang.

For maximum embarrassment, use this tactic when your teen's boyfriend/girlfriend comes to the door: "What up, Jessica? You heard the thunderstorm last night? That sh*t cray! Oh well, YOLO."

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3. Getting multiple piercings.

As with tattoos, this threat works best BEFORE the actual body modification takes place. "Don't you think Grandma will love my nipple rings?"

4. Using drugs and/or alcohol.

Can you think of a bigger buzzkill than your mom and dad joining the party uninvited? "Hey kids, we brought the rolling papers!"

5. Having sex.

Guaranteed turn-off: Your parents making out at the dinner table. In the car. On the couch. With any luck, your kid will be grossed out all through college!

Have you ever tried to embarrass your teen?


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nonmember avatar April

Yes. I've set out to embarrass my child. Before everyone cries about what a horrible parent I am and have damaged her forever. A) I warned her first and B)she laughed and played a long (even though she blushed, A LOT. Damn. I can't even say Bieber in our house without her face going cherry) but she thought it was funny and tried to embarrass me too.

Vegeta Vegeta

XD if my parents said that stuff about tattoos, I'd get something so awful in the worst place ever just to be a jerk.

Sierr... SierraLynn

I think its awful to try and control what your kids do once they hit the legal age of consent to do whatever they please with their own body. Shameful.

And I highly doubt Obama would get say, a butterfly on his hip. Lol THAT would be comical and worth reading about.

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

my dad did that once in the car blasting his "oldie" music; think it was CCR.  didn't bug me but it annoyed the hell outta my sister.

Serab... Serabelle

Since both of my parents already had tattoos by the time I was 18, it wasn't a big deal, but if they had threatened me with any of the above things, I probably would have done worse! I don't get embarrassed by other peoples actions, even when I was a teenager, I never cared what people thought of my parents. I don't think tattoos are a big deal, I wouldn't let my underage child get one, but a nose ring or belly button ring wouldn't bother me. And once they're 18 they can do whatever they want to their bodies, I just hope they stay away from face tattoos or splitting their toungs!

bills... billsfan1104

Warning: I am going to bring politics into this. It wouldn't be me if I didn't. The press has no ethics. It has been reported that this administration lied about Benghazi, deliberately misled the investigators, and this twit asks about his dance moves and about tattoos.

bills... billsfan1104

And to answer your question, I will meet embarrass my kids again. For personal reasons, I won't go into, but I am learning how to deal with my daughter in a new way


Jeesh Bills!I've been away for awhile,so seeing your "warning" made me feel all warm and fuzzy.Hope you're on the mend.

Bloom... Bloomie79

Puff piece with random political crap in the comments, I think I just threw up in my mouth

bills... billsfan1104

Hiya Prima!!! At I warned people this time !! Hahahhahah

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