Embarrassing Mom Moments (and How to Deal)

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Be Patient

It's not so easy to explain to your child why telling him not to lie—unless he's pretending to like a hideous gift from grandma—is morally consistent. “We as parents need to teach our kids the finer points of social interactions with strangers and the value of white lies, "Dr. Wu explains. "This is a nuanced, complex process that takes lots of practice to perfect.” Bear with your kid as he starts to get a handle on sensitive social situations. Even if you’ve had to correct him for a similar faux pas in the past, keep your cool as you reiterate why what he said may not exactly be considered ideal.