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Jessica Smartt: Coronavirus -- How your kids remember this time in history depends on you

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23.05.2020

A few months ago the kids and I were eating sandwiches when my phone blared with a warning: a tornado was on the ground ten miles away. We didn’t know how bad or how big; we only knew it was heading our way. I herded the kids in the coat closet, we threw on our bike helmets — and we waited.

(Spoiler alert: we lived.) You know what’s weird, though? When our kids talk about this day (In Which We Barely Missed A Giant Tornado), it is a good memory to them.

I know that sounds weird, but here is the thing: I am fascinated by tornadoes. Send me all the storm chaser videos from now until the end of time. And the kids pick up on my excitement.

SUZANNE HADLEY GOSSELIN: CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE WEARINESS — 2 WAYS TO HELP YOU MAKE IT THROUGH

A tornado warning isn’t an ominous, scary experience for my crew. Nope! It’s a weather adventure.

As it turns out, we parents are the lens through which our children interpret reality. And that means…you guessed it…COVID-19 is our moment — a giant, pandemic-sized opportunity to teach our kids lessons they’ll never forget.

Maturity is not ignoring your own suffering but looking past it for a minute for the good of someone else —........

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