Dare you let your kids choose your clothes?
IDS are often embarrassed by the way their parents dress.
KAmong the top moans, according to an Oxfam survey, are dads wearing socks with sandals, mums wearing exercise leggings or even pyjamas and slippers on the school run, outfits that don't match, clothes that are too bright, shoes you can't walk in, skirts that are too short, Hawaiian shirts and Bermuda shorts.
To be honest, I have frequently embarrassed my daughters over the years. They were less than impressed the time I wore matching khaki shirt and shorts with chukka boots because, at my height, I looked too much like Lofty from It Ain't Half Hot Mum.
But then my father was confused when he saw from the bus window, our daughter Siobhan in her midteens, wearing his flat cap and mac. There was a phase when young people wanted to look like Andy Capp.
Our grown-up daughters these days don't complain and approve of our fashion sense so much that after they visit my wife, Maria checks the wardrobe to find out what they have taken.
"You don't mind if I borrow this, do you mum?" The Oxfam survey revealed 40% of children said the fashion sense displayed by their parents embarrassed them. Possibly more surprisingly, 25% of mums and dads said the opinion of their offspring mattered and almost half said they would happily be dressed by their kids to improve their look.
Which is why Oxfam is holding a national fundraiser called Dressed By The Kids Campaign on Friday, June 16.
This is where families are urged to visit their local Oxfam shop and let children choose clothes for their parents to wear. You can take it seriously, or have a laugh.
And believe me, there are great bargains to be had. A few years ago I bought a complete outfit from Huddersfield charity shops to show that clothes didn't need to be expensive.
I got Levi jeans, a Pierre Cardin shirt, sweater and raincoat for a fraction of high street prices.
Kelly O'Connor, fundraising officer at Oxfam, said: "Who wouldn't love a chance to dress their parents up in flamboyant and outlandish clothes, at the same time as doing their bit to support those who need our help all round the world?" I shall avoid taking my five-year-old granddaughter Jeanie on this particular expedition or I could end up in a tutu and a Frozen T-shirt from Disney.
grown-up these days complain and our fashion sense Go to http:// www.oxfam.org.uk or visit your local Oxfam shop for details.
Our grown-up daughters these days don't complain and approve of our fashion sense