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RALEIGH (WTVD) — Parents, no doubt your child is dealing with a lot of disappointment with COVID-19.From missing summer camps to now missing friends on their first day of class, it’s important that you talk with your kids about disappointment so they can better cope, a local mental health professional says.

Dr. Mitch Prinstein is a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill.”It’s important to acknowledge that kids have every reason to feel disappointed but you really help them focus on the idea that this is not going to be permanent.”

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Dr. Prinstein offers a few suggestions on where to start the conversation about disappointment with your child:

  • This time isn’t forever. It’s important to remind your child that this stage of life will not last forever.
  • Practice Patience. Have your child reflect on a time they have had to practice patients before- like waiting for a birthday party.

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