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Dad shares 5 things parents of teenagers shouldn't do leaving everyone in stitches

Being a parent to teenagers is like walking on eggshells and this dad's handbook tells you how not to offend your teen kid.

Dad shares 5 things parents of teenagers shouldn't do leaving everyone in stitches
Cover Image Source: TikTok | @the_leighton_show

If you think parenting a naughty toddler is challenging, wait until they grow into a teenager. You never know as a parent what offends or embarrasses your teenage kid. Considering the plethora of grumbles on the internet about dealing with a teenager's attitude, one could say it is a universal problem. However, this dad is here for the rescue of parents of teenagers. Hailing from Maine, comedian Chip Leighton makes relatable videos on being a teen parent in his TikTok handle, The Leighton Show. Recently, he shared the 5 things teen parents should never do and it is the need of the hour.

Image Source: TikTok | @the_leighton_show
Image Source: TikTok | @the_leighton_show

Firstly, the dad insisted that parents of teenagers must not "bring out a platter of food when they have friends over." He explained, "This is trying way too hard and it's coming off as kind of desperate." His second pointer was that parents shouldn't talk to their teen kids' friends if they are driving them somewhere in the car. "Don't say hello or acknowledge them in any way," he said with a stern face, which made this video more hilarious. He added that parents should be careful not to look into the rearview mirror because their kids' friends "might think they're glancing at them." He sarcastically quipped, "Remember, you're just an anonymous Uber driver."

Image Source: TikTok | @the_leighton_show
Image Source: TikTok | @the_leighton_show

Simply put, parents should always be on their toes so they don't offend or embarrass their teenagers in front of their friends. Also, parents should never run while their kids are watching. "I don't care how hard it's raining or if you're trying to catch an airport shuttle, seeing this will damage them more than looking at the eclipse. And obviously, if you trip and fall, they're going to need a lot of therapy," he explained. His fourth point was not to smile at a baby because it was "super creepy." Finally, he asked parents of teenagers not to bring their chairs during sporting events. "This draws too much attention to yourself, so either sit in the bleachers or stand despite the crippling back pain that causes," he said.

Image Source: TikTok | @snik79
Image Source: TikTok | @snik79
Image Source: TikTok | @alesiablak
Image Source: TikTok | @alesiablak

This video garnered over 1.4 million views and people found it incredibly funny yet too relatable. "I forgot my phone and took some photos with my iPad in front of my kid's friend. Don't do that either," @jencalico added to the list. "My daughter told me my outfit looked like something a 40-year-old white lady would wear. I am, in fact, a 42-year-old white lady," said @nikki.jacks0n. "This is so accurate. I need the therapy from raising them, but they're out now living their best life," added @louie7147.

Leighton sure knows how to be a teenager's parent and probably learned from his lessons. In another video of his "Things you shouldn't do if you have teenagers" series, he listed more things kids are embarrassed about their parents. Some of them include, "mispronouncing Chipotle, knocking on their door without texting first, saying their name in public, excitedly pointing out college sweatshirts and reading a magazine in any waiting rooms." The dad's humorous take on how teenagers are offended by even the simplest and most innocent things parents do has been going viral on social media.


@the_leighton_show Why am I blinking so much? Let me know what else I should add to the list #teenager #humor @Chipotle #parentsoftiktok ♬ original sound - The Leighton Show

 

You can follow The Leighton Show (@the_leighton_show) on TikTok for more parenting content.

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