Richard Weissbourd on “Mom, what’s wrong with him?”

It’s a question that makes parents cringe, but the author of The Parents We Mean to Be says to treat the moment with compassion to avoid making the situation worse.

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


Johanna Stein
“It’s OK. The legs are in the closet.” A series of unfortunate events followed when the comedienne’s daughter asked this question. Here’s how she responded. Format: Video (2:20)

Jane Healy
The bestselling author of Your Child’s Growing Mind says that before knowing how to answer, it’s essential first to understand what is going on in your child’s mind. Format: Article

Betsy Brown Braun
Kids notice difference, says the renowned child development specialist. A parent’s job is to deftly deal with the situation to avoid embarrassment. Format: Article

Heidi Allen Garvin
The popular Mormon mom blogger suggests treating children’s questions with tact… and a big dose of compassion. Format: Article

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