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How to help kids navigate coming out of quarantine and other COVID-19 struggles
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How to help kids navigate coming out of quarantine and other COVID-19 struggles

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“It’s rough.” That’s the phrase that parenting coach Meghan Leahy keeps returning to as she describes parenting during COVID-19.

Clingy kids, uncertain plans and upended routines.

“We’re all just sad and frustrated that we aren’t able to do what we want to do,” she said.

Leahy’s book, “Parenting Outside the Lines: Forget the Rules, Tap Into Your Wisdom, and Connect With Your Child,” comes out later this summer. We talked to Leahy, who regularly dispenses advice in a Washington Post column, about how to help kids “navigate the changed landscapes of friendships” as they emerge from quarantine, why having weekly “state of the family union” meetings can help, and how to make a desk nest for your child.

The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

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