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Talking to teens about the pandemic

(WKOW) -- Your kids and teens may need extra support as they react to and work through unique challenges during the pandemic.

Many are reacting in different ways. Some are excited to get back to their routines and see their friends again, but others are nervous about going back to those in-person environments.

Dr. Amy Stockhausen with UW Health said, it's important to meet their feelings without judgment.

"One of the most important things for parents to remember is that their teenagers have their own thoughts and feelings about this that may be different from their own as parents," Stockhausen said. "That's normal and that's healthy, and that's a good thing, but unless you ask and listen, you're not going to know what those are."

She added, shaming your teens if they feel differently than you is not a productive solution. Try to have patience and encourage them to do the same.

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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