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Embarrassing Mom Moments (and How to Deal)

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Teach Empathy

If your kid says something hurtful, ask him how it would feel if he were on the receiving end of a nasty comment. This is a particularly useful strategy when your kid declares that people from other countries look “weird” or “bad.” For the lesson to stick, it’s important to ask your child to put himself in the offended party’s shoes. Empathy, Dr. Wu says, "really is our strongest defense, and most kids naturally have it.”