Remember when you were a teenager and your parents would try to be cool or funny and say things like "groovy!" and "snazzy!" and you would look at them with that blank stare that teenagers are so good at and roll your eyes, hoping no one else was there to witness your embarrassment?
Well apparently we're not waiting for the teen years here. We're starting. Right. Now. Toddler style. With a side of slouch and sarcasm.
I noticed this new teen toddler behaviour the other day when I was singing to Avril Levigne in the car. We were going through downtown and I was belting out "Keeeeep Hooolding Oo-oo-oon. Cus you know we'll make it through we'll make it through..."
When I heard a somber little voice from the back of the car.
I carried on since I was driving.
"Juuuuust staa-aay stro-oo-oong"
Then I heard it again as we pulled up to the lights.
"Mama." His voice was quite serious.
I turned to look at him. His deadpan expression told me he was not impressed with my singing.
"No Mama." He said very seriously and then turned to look out the window.
I laughed to myself. It was kind of cute and amusing to see him expressing his distaste. And then, pushing my luck, I continued, a little louder.
"Nothin' you can do. Nothin' you can say. There's no other way-"
And simultaneously he began barking his orders.
"Mama! Mama! Mama! Mama! No Mama! No Mama!"
As I pulled into a parking spot I caught sight of Matthew giggling to himself despite his sincerity.
That's when I realized, I'm so going to be an embarrassing mum. I just hope he can still laugh about it when he's fourteen.