Even if your kids are only little right now, we're pretty sure you've wondered what kind of mum you'll be as they grow up – especially when they become teenagers – right?


Will yours be the cool house all the kids want to hang out at? Will you be BFFs with your child? Or perhaps you'll be one of those parents who thinks they're cool, when their teenager doesn't quite see it that way. Gulp. No, that could never be you...

A new survey by Currys PC World asked 1,000 teenagers aged between 13 and 19 to share what they thought made their parents 'cool' and apparently there are no less than 47 things. They are:

  1. Respects your privacy 47%
  2. Listens well 46%
  3. Looks after you when you’re sick 43%
  4. Lets your friends hang out at your house 40%
  5. Drives you around 39%
  6. Is cool about sleepovers 37%
  7. Doesn’t go through your phone 36%
  8. Helps with your homework/coursework 36%
  9. Doesn’t tell you what to wear 36%
  10. Takes you out for dinner 35%
  11. Likes your group of friends 35%
  12. Lets you learn by your mistakes 34%
  13. Doesn’t smoke 29%
  14. Always supports you in friendship dramas 29%
  15. Is interested in your social life 29%
  16. Picks you up from parties 29%
  17. Cooks perfect roast potatoes 24%
  18. Doesn’t kiss you in public 23%
  19. Has a cool car 23%
  20. Lets you have a sip of wine or beer from time to time 23%
  21. Doesn’t hold your hand in public 23%
  22. Is good at video/computer games 23%
  23. Tells funny stories to your friends 23%
  24. Knows the words to current pop songs 23%
  25. Still looks good in jeans 23%
  26. Takes you to concerts and gigs 22%
  27. Lets you bring a friend on holiday 22%
  28. Understand text lingo 21%
  29. Takes you to sporting events 20%
  30. Doesn’t sing or dance in public 20%
  31. Lets you borrow their perfume/aftershave 20%
  32. Happy to teach you to drive 19%
  33. Plays cool music in front of your mates 19%
  34. Knows the in-jokes and slang 19%
  35. Watches Netflix with you 19%
  36. Has a good hairstyle 18%
  37. Doesn’t friend you on Facebook 18%
  38. Drives quick but safely 18%
  39. Has the latest iPhone 16%
  40. Knows which bands are in the download charts 15%
  41. Addresses your friends by their nicknames 14%
  42. Takes you to the theatre/art galleries 12%
  43. Has a music streaming account 12%
  44. Doesn’t wear giant headphones 11%
  45. Doesn’t put kisses on texts 10%
  46. Doesn’t use emojis in texts 8%
  47. Has an Instagram account 8%

So, do you make the 'cool' grade? Even uber-trendy parents Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones – musicians who are also Currys PC World ambassadors reckon, "We always have some great playlists on that we like to dance to, but even as musicians our kids don’t think we’re cool."

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Tara BreathnachContent Editor and Social Media Producer

Tara is mum to 1 daughter, Bodhi Rae, and has worked as Content Editor and Social Media Producer at MadeForMums since 2015