Middle Schoolers Call Out Their Parents' 'Cringe' Behavior in Viral Video

A middle school teacher in Palm Springs, California, recently asked his students to disclose something about their parents that make them cringe. He then revealed his students' answers in a hilarious viral video that has left the internet in stitches.

The video was posted to TikTok over the weekend by 7thGradeChronicles. So far, it has amassed more than 6 million views, over 830,000 likes and thousands of comments from viewers who said the video made them laugh.

Many commenters claiming to be parents also joked that they felt "targeted" by the students' answers and said they were shocked to learn that they were potentially embarrassing their teens. Of course, most teens are, at one point or another, embarrassed by the adults in their lives.

"Asked my students the following question: what is something your parents or guardians do that makes you cringe?" read the text overlay at the beginning of the video.

Throughout the remainder of the 59-second clip, the teacher shared his students' answers, which were written on post-it notes and kept totally anonymous.

"My mom uses Facebook!" wrote one middle schooler.

"My dad still wears speedos," said another.

Other embarrassing behaviors included listening to Katy Perry, taking mirror selfies, watching NCIS and saying the phrase, "That's tight."

"My mom calls herself a 'gangster,'" one student wrote. "Girl no."

Meanwhile, another claimed that their mom "still dabs."

Speaking to Fatherly, psychologist and author Carl Pickhardt explained that children aged 9-13 experience a "natural shift in attitude" that causes them to feel embarrassed by their parents.

During this time, said Pickhardt, children are trying not only to assert their independence but also "forge a unique identity" that is acceptable to their peers.

"Adolescents are hyper-attuned to social norms," Dr. Skyler Hawk told Fatherly. "They're on constant look-out for social norm violations by themselves or by other people."

Because they're so self-aware, older children and young teens are more susceptible to feeling embarrassed by the adults in their lives.

"Embarrassment is a symptom and the disease of growing up," said Fatherly.

As previously stated, many viewers felt called out by the students' answers and were shocked to discover that they weren't "cool" parents after all.

"I feel personally victimized by at least three of these," wrote one user.

"I thought I was a cool mom," said Daniela Perez-Maldon. "Guess not."

Meanwhile, @emaliemcgee added: "And here I thought I was a cool mom for doing these things. Guess we are traumatizing the next generation just as much as our parents did us."

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A middle school teacher in Palm Springs, California, recently asked his students to disclose something about their parents that make them cringe. The video went viral within days. CREATISTA/istock