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Idina Menzel Learns to 'Not Take Things So 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 some mom moments she can relate to as a parent of a teenager.

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

“He's great. He's a teenager, but he still hugs me every now and then, so I'll take that,” she teases.

“What surprises me is how volatile it is. One minute they don’t want anything to do with you, and the next minute they’re really showing you how much they need you,” she continues. “You really have to be on your guard and be willing to get out of their way and get out of your own way and not take it too personally. Know that they feel your love, but they also need their space.”

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

“You have a 14-year-old son, about to turn 14. So what does he think when he sees you sing?” Hoda Kotb asked Menzel.

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

“What about 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'll say, 'Mom, shut up,'” Menzel shared.

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

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

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