If you aren’t embarrassing your kids, are you even a parent?
It’s some kids’ dreams to make it on the Jumbotron during a sporting event. That is, unless you’re this kid, who got attention not for his dancing — but for his mom’s sweet, sweet moves.
The Fan Cam was doing its job during a timeout of the Maryland Terrapins and Loyola Greyhounds basketball game, searching the crowd for a person in just the right mood. And that person was mom Mandy Remmell.
It’s as if she’s been waiting for this moment all her life — and when Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” started playing, she was ready (much to the chagrin of her son).
🎶 SINCE U BEEN GONE 🎶
"Mom please sto-"
🎶 I CAN BREATHE FOR THE FIRST TIME 🎶 pic.twitter.com/4b5DQ7SzdE
— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) December 12, 2018
Remmell, who was dressed in leopard print head-to-toe perfection, started belting out the lyrics to Clarkson’s hit song, using her phone as a microphone. But that wasn’t good enough for this mom. No, she started serenading her son, Blake, who was less than thrilled with her performance.
The crowd started cheering as her son sank lower and lower into his seat, obviously praying the plastic chair would open up and swallow him whole.
And it wasn’t just the fans who loved it — Clarkson herself was delighted to see this mom embarrassing her kids, tweeting, “This is my kind of mama.”
— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) December 12, 2018
Obviously the good folks of Twitter were loving this mom and fully supported her antics:
It is a parent’s duty to embarrass our children at some point in their life.— Bob Brown (@waxbee64) December 14, 2018
Yeah mom! ❤❤❤❤ This is for moms everywhere who shower their teens with love in spite of the dramatically mortified reactions. Cuz we all know, that stuff matters!!— Arlene F. Lee (@ArleneFLeeEsq) December 13, 2018
Shout out if you've been there as a kid when your mom did this to you. #zerocomplaints— Thinos44 (@Johndahr) December 13, 2018
A Mother’s job is to embarrass her sons at one time or another in his life. Speaking from experience. Just ask one of my three son. Job well done Mom!!— Wanda Jackson Landis (@ohitex) December 12, 2018
My kids would die and I would continue to laugh for years!!!— Sherry A. Snyder (@SherrySnyder) December 13, 2018
I can’t wait to be a parent so I can do this.— Michael Zamora (@CardinalMike08) December 12, 2018
Best thing I’ve seen in a long time! Just makes me happy! Thank you to “the mom” for the smile today!— Seth Eskigian (@Setheski) December 14, 2018
I embarrassed my daughter doing the same thing to one of your songs prior to a Rick Springfield concert! At 33, she was just as embarrassed!— S Finnegan (@SFinnegan3) December 12, 2018
Try as he might, his hooded sweatshirt would not miraculously transport him from the arena to a far-away land. Remmell, 29, told the Washington Post that her 10-year-old son has since recovered and that, “embarrassing your kids and doing it in a fun way is a great opportunity. If you can get laughs and make memories, that’s really what counts.”
She’s also a woman after our own hearts. When she showed her husband the video after the game he wasn’t surprised at all, since she did the Worm at their wedding. “I love karaoke,” Remmell said. “Anytime there’s singing, dancing, all of that stuff, that’s right up my alley.” We bow down to you, lady friend.
There’s no point in even having kids if you can’t embarrass them from time to time. And that Remmell did. We predict someday Blake will look back on this (years and years from now) and appreciate his awesome mama even more for her sick dance moves and ability to laugh at herself.