Last week, we were all watching Mississippi State play Auburn. I started yelling and hollering. My daughter said I was embarrassing her. I looked at her. We were watching the game on tv in our living room. She said it again. "I know no one is here, but it's still embarrassing."
Then I remembered how adult emotion of any kind makes most kids of a certain age soooo uncomfortable. I laughed. She really shouldn't have given me such good ammunition. She has no idea how good a discipline tool this piece of knowledge will be in the coming years. When kids are little, they can embarrass their parents pretty easily by the things they say and do. BUT now it is my turn.
It will be a few more years (and maybe not ever) before I can embarrass her brother. It is too early to tell, but preliminary polling indicates he may be one who is just encouraged to one-up my parental embarrassment tactics.