So after the drama died down and Penelope threatened our lives if we even think about doing anything beyond picking her up in a limo for her birthday (she doesn’t understand if it’s not embarrassing it ain’t happening), I did a little research on the positive effects of embarrassment. Turns out, my husband is smarter than we thought.
WHY EMBARRASSING CRAP IS GOOD FOR YOU
IT’S GOOD FOR THE STATUS QUO
Apparently, embarrassment maintains social order. Imagine a society where humans behaved like dogs and we scratched our butts and hiked our legs on each other’s mailboxes. Not cool.
EMBARRASSED FOLKS HAVE MORE FRIENDS
Research has shown that we empathize and emotionally connect with people who show embarrassment in appropriate social situations. In other words, the dude who blushes when he notices his fly is unzipped is much more likable (and far less creepy) than the dude who goes to the mailbox in his undies.
EMBARRASSING STORIES ARE THE BEST
The things that are the most embarrassing in the moment usually end up being the funniest stories. Let’s just say we’re preparing our kids to be the life of the party.
EMBARRASSING PARENTS = BULLY PROTECTION
We’re going out on a limb with this one, but Andrew and I have a hypothesis that if other kids see what we’re willing to do to our own children, the thought of what we might do to a bully that gives our kid any trouble will be as haunting as “he who must not be named.” Voldemort ain’t got nothing on an almost forty-year-old dad with a face like this: