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This summer will look different for a lot of children and families. First Things First program director Reggie Madison, a father to seven, talks about how to help your child/children process emotions they might be feeling and how to help them still have a summer to remember.

1. Process it yourself

2. Validate their feelings

3. Talk about the elements of a good summer: Independence; connection; purpose and fun. 

4. Remember that it's an ongoing conversation. 

In partnership with First Things First

This is part of an occasional series by the Times Free Press in partnership with First Things First to provide free resources for children and families during the coronavirus outbreak. View more tips and resources and sign up for the nonprofit's email newsletter here.

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