Bad Breath & Weak Handshakes: Denene Gives Tips On Handling Awkward Situations On the Today Show

As many of you know by now, I occasionally give expert advice on child-rearing, relationships and etiquette on the Today show. I stopped in earlier this week to lend my advice on how to deal with awkward social situations. {Note to the wise: Never congratulate a woman on her pregnancy unless you’ve triple confirmed that she is, indeed, preggers. #commonsense.}

Watch the video and tell me if you agree with my advice on the other side. Enjoy!

Flickr photo credit: Steve Snodgrass

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. Owww! I was trying to focus on what you were saying, but the bounce-factor on your flat-ironed do was hogging my attention!!! I’m sure you said awesome things, but the hair–FLYNESS!

  2. I’m with Akilah!! I was mesmerized by the FABULOUS orange jacket!! Spill, woman. Where is it from?

    Oh yeah, and you’re remarks were brilliant too 😉 xo

  3. “Malik Malik!” Orange and black is so becoming on you.. You handled the questions with such grace!

  4. Sylena E. Smith

    Ugh. I have totally make that pregnancy congrats mistake. Oh, embarrassment does not even begin to express the awkwardness. And the ‘victim’ was distant family, so every time we have a reunion, I am reminded of that faux pas.

    • Denene@MyBrownBaby

      Oooh… sorry girl! Just do yourself a favor and don’t bring it up again. If she does, then just apologize again and move on to another subject. Quickly.

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