With the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustices over the past year, this has been a stressful time for many families. But how might the stress you’re experiencing affect your teen? Kids are naturally curious and intuitive. They may sense and internalize your stress and react. First, understand you’re human and it’s natural to feel anxiety or unhappiness during challenging times. Be honest about it and let your teen know how you’ve been feeling. Ask how the past year has affected them. An open, candid dialogue can help you and your teen feel better and keep stress at bay.