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Jun 5, 2009, 1:30 pm

#1 -- refer to all music CD's as ALBUMS!

Jun 5, 2009, 2:16 pm

2. Refer to the songs you listen to as "REAL music".

Jun 5, 2009, 2:52 pm

3. As an empty-nester, be too busy to talk to them on weekends.

Jun 5, 2009, 3:30 pm

4. Pretend to be deaf.

Jun 5, 2009, 3:39 pm


Jun 5, 2009, 4:37 pm


Jun 5, 2009, 4:40 pm


I love the 50 Something Group!!

But what do the 60 somethings do?

Jun 5, 2009, 4:42 pm

comment to their posts on facebook~

Jun 5, 2009, 4:43 pm

join the 50 something group??


Jun 5, 2009, 4:46 pm

> 5 : Alternatively you could pretend your hearing is fine. Harder to do perhaps, but might make 'm more cautious. ;-)

Jun 5, 2009, 5:11 pm

LOL @ Matt :)

Jun 5, 2009, 5:34 pm

Tell them ...."Been there, done that"

Jun 5, 2009, 8:37 pm

7. When you go to the school to pick them up jump up and down while yelling out "YOO HOO BABY! MOM IS OVER HERE"

Jun 5, 2009, 9:51 pm

8. Public Hugs and Kisses!

Jun 6, 2009, 9:49 am

9. Take them along on a plane trip, unthinkingly wearing a dress with 21 metal buttons, AND forgetting that my cell phone is in my "pocket" (aka bra, where I can feel it ring) and watch them watch me getting pat-searched and wanded.

Jun 6, 2009, 11:14 am

10. Follow them around in Hot Topic with a big, beaming smile, point at things, and alternately say, "Ooo, isn't that cute! I'd like that!" and "Those young folks, what will they think of next!"

Jun 20, 2009, 3:05 am

11. Refer to their Mangas, as "comic books".

Jun 20, 2009, 3:35 am


Jun 20, 2009, 11:23 am

I find if I use any outdated OR current slang badly my kids start screaming STOP!!!

E.g., "Hey, what be the haps? You da bomb! Groovy! That is so boss! A shout out to my peeps. Do you mean 'bad' meaning good or 'bad' meaning bad?"

Then say "Word" and make a couple of botched gang (or heavy metal) hand signs.

Bonus points for bad hip-hop dancing (or moon walking).

Jul 15, 2009, 12:02 am

Go to a Hall and Oates concert and be sure to sing along to ALL the songs as loudly as possible (ok, it was 10 years ago, but it still makes me smile to remember how those 2 kids tried to distance themselves from their father and me & pretend they didn't know us)

Jul 15, 2009, 3:38 am

Leave comments on their myspace like "Hello are you there? Remember Me? Call your MOM."

Jul 15, 2009, 4:21 pm

Or better yet, comment on their comments! And share embarrassing baby pictures!

Jul 15, 2009, 4:49 pm

good suggestions here folks!

Jul 15, 2009, 5:29 pm

Try as I have (and often), my sons are unflappable. Anything I've ever done (either on purpose or by sheer coincidence) has never phased them in the least bit. Of course, it's possible that their mother may have "gotten" to them, but if so, I don't know about it. What I ~do~ know is that the boys will only visit her occasionally, 'en masse', and rarely stay more than a couple of hours.

First hand knowledge, though: The occasion was my oldest son's Eagle Scout ceremony. We had been divorced for a couple of years, and I was already married to MrsHouseLibrary. My ex (call her ThiMs) refused to participate in the ceremony. Instead, she sat in the back of the auditorium and cried. There is a point in the ceremony where the Scout awards his parents tokens (a tie-tack for the dad, and a "Mother's Pin" for the mom) for their assistance in him achieving this rank. MrsHouseLibrary received a pin, because she was involved from the time we dating. My son then left the stage, walked back to where his mother was (still) sobbing, affixed the pin to her collar, gave her a quick kiss and returned to the stage. He did this without any hint that he might have been bothered at all by her behavior.

As soon as the ceremony ended, ThiMs left. When my second son had his Eagle Scout ceremony, he was prepared to do likewise, but she didn't show up for it. My third son didn't attempt to get the Eagle Rank, but remained active (primarily as a Merit Badge Counselor at both Summer Camp and Winter Camp for several years. And that is why I am so profoundly proud of my kids, even if I can't embarrass them.

Jul 15, 2009, 10:05 pm

Bravo! Your sons' behaviors show that you did something right, and you should be proud!

I have to admit to being unable to embarrass one of my sons. I think he realized early on that I was going to chaperone all of his band trips whether he liked it or not (Hey! I was having a great time!), and he realized that the more embarrassed he acted, the worse I acted, so he just accepted it. To the point that when he was "advertising" his senior recital in college, he posted flyers with the teaser "My Mommy Will Be There!" I'm still Mommy to most of his friends.

Good Job, WHL!

Jul 16, 2009, 6:29 am

and good job mommy!!

Jul 26, 2009, 8:25 am

And in a thread-mash with "You know your're 50 something if you remember...":

When the kids ask, "when can we go shopping?" or "when can Sam come over?" or even "when's supper?", any "when" question receives the answer (sing along now) ...

"In the year 2525..."

Jul 26, 2009, 5:11 pm

I love it! In a similar vein, I used to counter every "I want" statement with "You can't always get what you wa-ant..." and I wouldn't stop until I sang the whole chorus. Worked wonders.

Jul 26, 2009, 10:35 pm

Hey, I've sung that song to my teen for similar reasons! My husband and I recently tortured (apparently) our teen when we sang "Hair" loudly, along with the cast of the Broadway revival as they performed it this year's Tony Awards. She made us promise never to do that in front of her friends.

Editado: Jul 27, 2009, 11:50 am

My oldest son is here for a visit...he is 37... I only tortured him a little bit...

Jul 27, 2009, 8:31 am

29: theaelizabet,
So, when is the show for her friends? :)

Jul 27, 2009, 10:00 am

wow, we all must think alike...I also used to sing that to my teens!

Jul 27, 2009, 10:41 am

31-Ha! Very soon!

28 and 32-And to think we're turning a whole generation off the Stones.... because they're "establishment."