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Idina Menzel Learns 'Not to Take Things Too Personally' as She Navigates Son Walker's Teenage Years (Exclusive)

“Know that they feel your love but they also need their space,” the “Frozen” star tells PEOPLE

Idina Menzel shares memorable moments with her mom as a parent of a teenager.

In this week's episode of PEOPLE in 10THE Frozen The star, 53, gave an update on her son Walker, 14, and how she got through his teenage years. The star shares Walker with ex Taye Diggs.

“He's great. He's a teenager, but he still hugs me every once in a while so I'll take that,” she teases.

“What surprises me is how capricious it is. One moment they want nothing to do with you, and the next moment they're really showing you how much they need you “, she continues. “You really have to be on guard and be willing to get out of your way and not take things too personally. Know that they feel your love but they also need their space.”

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By appearing in an episode of Today with Hoda and Jenna Last year, the Broadway star revealed that her son Walker didn't always want to hear his mother sing.

“You have a 14-year-old son, who's going to be 14. So what does he think when he sees you singing?” Hoda Kotb asked Menzel.

“He's super proud of me when he sees me sing,” the “Let It Go” singer said. “But it’s at home that he kind of tells me to shut up.”

“And in the car?” asked co-host Jenna Bush Hager.

“Oh, in the car, if I sing in front of his friends… Well no, he doesn't just give me a dirty look, he says, 'Mom, shut up,'” Menzel shared.

“What would you sing to him in the car?” » asked Kotb.

“Whatever! Probably hip-hop, like Jay-Z or something. I'm trying to sing and it's completely embarrassing,” Menzel added.

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