Embarrassing Mom Moments (and How to Deal)

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Keep your Cool

If your child has just loudly announced how fat the person next to you is, the worst thing you can do is blow up and make the situation bigger than it needs to be. “Kids’ behaviors, especially in front of their parents, reflect the child’s desire for help in learning the proper skills,” says Dr. Finkelstein. “But this should be done with a kind hand, not one that is charged with embarrassment.” Apologize to the offended party, and then calmly explain to your child (in private) why his actions were inappropriate, without blaming or getting upset.