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  Parents go to Gareth gigs to seem cool
Updated 08 November 2002, 15.17
Parents are trying harder to be cool
Parents are going to pop gigs and reading teen gossip mags in order to spend more time with you.

They're even trying to wear the latest trends so they don't feel so out of touch with their kids, new research has shown.

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But that doesn't stop you cringing when your parents try to look cool.

Parents are going to more pop gigs
Stuff parents do:

  • More than half have gone to a gig, like S Club, Blue or Gareth, to spend more time with you
  • A third of mums and dads read your magazines to find out what you're into
  • Some parents actually change their clothes and hair so you don't think they look geeky
  • Almost half of mums have taken up a new hobby or sport to fit in with you

"The image of dad wearing a baseball cap back-to-front while clutching the latest Atomic Kitten CD might make some teenagers cringe," said a spokeswoman for Vauxhall cars, which carried out the survey.

"But it's reassuring to know that parents want to keep in touch with the fashions that mean so much to your children."

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