Most Embarrassing Parenting Moments
August 18, 2011
Our editors dish on some of their most embarrassing parenting moments, from untimely episodes of bodily functions (on the part of kids and parents!) to over-sharing strangers—these are the times when you just have to laugh instead of cry.
When my son was about a month old, a woman came up to me in the ladies' room, where I was nursing him, to tell me what a beautiful thing I was doing. Then she said, “Don't ever let anyone tell you that nursing will ruin your breasts. I nursed my daughter for five years [!], and my breasts are beautiful. Take a look.” And she proceeded to lift her shirt off and show me her naked chest!
--Beth Weinhouse, Deputy Editor
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It happened one Sunday morning at Mass. My then 5-year-old son was sitting in the front pew while I was singing onstage. Mid-song, he stands up in front of the entire congregation and starts peeing in a nearby planter full of poinsettias meant to be given away to all the mothers for Christmas.
--Jerry Pomales, Creative Director
Aden had invited a friend over, and the mother (whom I'd never met) said yes when I asked her if she wanted a cup of coffee. She started explaining how glad she was to see how much her son liked Aden, since he seemed like a good influence. With that, Aden came strutting into the living room wearing one of my bras, laughing as he said, “I have boobies! I have boobies!”
--Christina Vercelletto, Senior Editor
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When Clara was about 5, we got a ride one evening from some friends. We climbed into their car, which was really nice, so I asked what kind it was. The wife told us, “This is a Lexus.” My daughter sweetly replied, “My mommy says our car is a garbage can on wheels.”
--Deborah Skolnik, Senior Editor
When my water broke all over the lobby, elevator, and admitting office of NYU Hospital.
--Sasha Emmons, Deputy Editor, Parenting.com
Now it's your turn: What's your most embarrassing parenting moment?