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Betsy Brown Braun: when kids say, "Nobody likes me!"

The author of parenting books "Just Tell Me What to Say" and "You're Not the Boss of Me" says to listen and then help your child step up in his social interactions.

By GreatSchools Staff

“What that says to me is the child is not taking any responsibility for his social interaction," says parenting expert and author Betsy Brown Braun. "You can say, ‘Really? Tell me about that. Were you lonely today? What can we do about that?’ You don’t want to be too lecture-y. They won’t hear you," she says. "Your job is to be a container for your child. You want him to feel comfortable. Sometimes just telling you is what’s most important. It’s just getting it all out. Then you can go back to him in an hour and say, ‘Are you still feeling funky about that? When I was little and no one was playing with me, I would say, ‘Hey guys, what are you playing?’"

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