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I have consulted with families of young children this year to devise ways to customize education for those children who have become anxious and frightened during the Covid-19 pandemic. Solutions have ranged from specialized online classes for learning disabled students, to hiring in-person educators to serve as in-home tutors for children starved for personal contact with instructors. Some parents have worried that children will lose this year of learning, butI usually advise patience during these unique circumstances. Work can be made up, and a child whose parents communicate with them about their hopes and fears can be comforted, knowing that we are all experiencing this difficult time together, and in so doing, we are pioneers in experiencing the risk and reward of encountering new ways of learning and new ways of overcoming our fears. When parents own their own anxiety, it can help a child to embrace their own feelings without the burden of trying to ameliorate their parents fears for them. By speaking honestly about this time, we can help children adjust, and model coping strategies for them. Most kids can learn online, and most kids will catch up whatever they have missed in good time when we are all together again.