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Help kids deal with coronavirus stress
After living through four months of a pandemic, some children are stressed out. Teens have missed proms and graduations. Younger children have missed play dates and field trips. So what can you, as a parent, do to help them navigate this bewildering time? WRAL's Bryan Mims sought out some advice.
AND THURSDAY AND WE CAN GET CLOSE TO THE UPPER 90s BY THAT POINT.>>> CHILDREN ARE STRESSED OUT AND WE GET IT. TEENAGERS HAVE MISSED PROMS AND GRADUATIONS. >>> YOUR TO HAVE MISSED PLAY DATES AND THE TRIPS SO WHAT CAN YOU AS A PARENT DO TO HELP THEM NAVIGATE THIS BEWILDERING TIME? WE SOUGHT OUT SOME ADVICE. >>'S SPLASHING AND LAUGHING , THESE ARE ANTIDOTES FOR BOREDOM AND THE BLUES. HERE, A FOURTH GRADER TO BE IS SO DONE WITH COVID-19. >> THE WORST PART IS WE HAVE BEEN HAVING TO STAY HOME ALL THE TIME AND I DON'T LIKE TO STAY AT HOME. I LIKE TO PUT THINGS OUT AND PLAY OUTSIDE A LOT. >> I JUST TALK THINGS OUT. >> KIDS ARE SEEKING A PROFESSIONAL TO TALK TO THESE DAYS. >> PERHAPS, THEY ARE DISTANT FROM GRANDPARENTS AND COMING IN WITH ADJUSTMENT PROBLEMS. >> HERE IS WHAT SHE IS TELLING FAMILIES. LOOK AT ALL THE TIME AS WATER IN A BUCKET AND HOW YOU SECTION OFF THAT WATER TO FIND ROUTINE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. >> TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO BE HELPFUL AROUND THE HOUSE. >> AND OVERFLOW OF UNCERTAINTY CAN TRIGGER STRESS WHICH CAN TRIGGER APATHY. >> MAYBE I DON'T FEEL LIKE EATING. >> NATALIE WROTE THIS ADVICE COLUMN ABOUT KIDS IN COVID-19 STRESS. >> YOUR CHILDREN GENERALLY DO NOT DISCUSS THEIR WORRY. IT MIGHT COME OUT IN NIGHTMARES OR BAD DREAMS. >> FOR TEEN YEARS, IT IS A FEELING OF LOSS. >> THEY HAVE MISSED SO MANY MILESTONES AND IT IS JUST TO CONNECT WITH YOUR KIDS. I GET IT AND THEY WILL FEEL LESS ALONE. >> THEN AGAIN, IT'S SUMMERTIME. WATER AND LAUGHTER ARE PRETTY GOOD MEDICINE. >> YOU CAN READ NATALIE KIM'S ARTICLE WAS OFFERS A WEALTH OF ADVICE ON HELPING CHILDREN DEAL