During a typical week-long family vacation, embarrassing dads commit an average of 22 faux pas — telling bad jokes, snoring by the pool, and loathsome dancing.
A study of 1,000 teenagers found that fathers also redfaced their faces when they wore socks with sandals, loudly complained, caused Frisbee accidents and constantly took pictures.
And 54 percent said their father embarrasses them on vacation.
Other reasons for embarrassment include wearing inappropriate clothing for their age, greed at the buffet, using selfie sticks, and getting up early to reserve the best sunbeds.
The study was commissioned by easyJet Holidays, which has opened an on-site Dad’s Club in the Spanish hotspot of Benalmádena.
Taking place on August 24th and 25th at the Hotel World Polynesia on the Costa del Sol, the club hopes to offer teenagers a relaxing respite as well as a safe place for faux pas-prone fathers to socialize with their peers without to be judged.
Comedian Omid Djalili and the self-confessed embarrassing parent who stars in the Dad’s Club promotional video said, “It’s a rite of passage for us dads to embarrass our kids.” It comes with the job.
“That’s why I’m very proud to be working with easyJet Holidays to introduce a new club for Dads ONLY.”
“A safe place to learn how to toss a frisbee, dance without tensing a muscle, and make up brilliant 21st-century jokes.”
The study also found that 24 percent of teenagers even tried to escape from vacation to avoid those awful moments.
While 43 percent cannot remember a vacation without a humiliating moment caused by their father.
But when the fathers themselves were surveyed, 53 percent stated that they considered themselves “cool” when on vacation.
Although 34 percent admitted to intentionally humiliating their children – and 49 percent believe it is their duty to do so on holiday.
And just 8 percent of people surveyed via OnePoll consider themselves “very embarrassed.”
Sarah Ockwell-Smith, a parenting expert who works with the brand, said: “Holidays are a perfect time to reconnect with teenagers, but sometimes the extra time together can create tension.”
“Not to mention the excitement and freedom of vacation mode, which (according to the kids) leads to some pretty gross behavior that can lead to embarrassment.
“Disco dancing, air guitar and socks and sandals? Clear trigger points.”
The research also found that overseas beach vacations (51 percent) top the list of vacation types most likely to cause “dad embarrassment,” followed by short breaks (29 percent) and city breaks (22 percent).
And 44 percent of fathers would like to visit a “fathers’ club”.
Matt Callaghan, customer director at easyJet Holidays, which has released a video showing the ‘School of Cool’ activities on offer, including free dance lessons for dads, frisbee and air guitar lessons and a banter workshop, said: ‘Obviously it’s an embarrassing one Part of the holiday package when dad is there.
“At Dad’s Club, our customers are given a unique opportunity to hone their cool skills while making new friends and memories for life.
“But remember, frightening or not, we love our fathers dearly.”
THE TOP 20 OF THE DAD CRINGE LIST
1. Telling bad jokes
2. Dad dances
3. Compare prices with everything at home
4. Complaining out loud
5. Try to make friends with the locals
6. Loud conversations with strangers
7. Trying to go along with teenage slang and doing it wrong
8. Falling asleep by the pool and snoring
9. Using pet nicknames in front of strangers
10. Being greedy at the buffet
11. Telling embarrassing anecdotes
12. Constantly taking pictures
13. Wearing socks with sandals
14. Wearing his team’s football shirt
15. Wearing clothing inappropriate for her age
16. Not being understood when speaking the local language
17. Getting up early to reserve sunbeds
18. Showing off in the pool – e.g. cannonballs
19. Trying out TikTok memes/dances
20. Wearing tiny swimming trunks