Sh*tty Moms: when your kid says “Nobody likes me!”

"Aww, suck it up," says Alicia Ybarbo. "It's your fault," says Mary Ann Zoellner. The co-authors of Sh*tty Mom agree that with this complaint, tough love is in order.

Here’s how 4 other parenting experts say to respond…


Christine Carter
Parenting expert and Raising Happiness author Christine Carter says parents shouldn’t rush in to reassure their child. Format: Video (1:56)

Madeline Levine
“Don’t jump in too fast!” warns Madeline Levine, author of Teach Your Children Well. Instead, take this approach so your child learns to navigate friendships. Format: Video (1:33)

Betsy Brown Braun
The author of parenting books Just Tell Me What to Say and You’re Not the Boss of Me says to listen and help your child step up his social interactions. Format: Article

Jane Nelsen
The bestselling author of Positive Discipline says parents do their kids a disservice by trying to fix the problem. You help them far more by teaching them to help themselves. Format: Article

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