Why the response to Coronavirus feels so surreal

Why does the experience of the Coronovirus pandemic feel so surreal? Why did everyone rush out to buy toilet paper? Why do children suddenly seem to have the upper hand in accepting the situation – given some thoughtful help from the adults who...

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Talking with children about Coronavirus

On March 11, the World Health Organization classified the Coronavirus outbreak as a global pandemic. It’s likely to remain prominent in the news for weeks or months to come, and many adults are seeking advice for talking with children about Cor...

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Saying bye-bye to the ‘binkie’

In Anne Tyler’s novel Digging to America there’s a humorous scene in which a mother plans an elaborate scheme for separating her 3-year-old daughter from her pacifier. She invites all the mothers and young children she knows to a party, the clima...

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