Omicron has meant even more adjustments for kids. Here’s how parents can help.

We’ve all heard how resilient kids have been throughout the pandemic. But 2022 is all about adaptability—a skill they’ll need later in life.

When the Omicron variant forced Michelle Felder's six-year-old daughter to start wearing KN95 masks instead of the fun ones she was used to, she became increasingly anxious. "Before, she knew she had to wear a mask,” says Felder, a mother of two in New York and founder of Parenting Pathfinders. “Now she has to wear a specific type of mask—and she was worried about what this change meant. She wondered why things had to be different."

When the pandemic began in 2020, much was made of children’s ability to be resilient: their ability to bounce back after facing adversity. But this year, as the pandemic continues to disrupt kids’ lives in surprising ways—especially in the wake of the highly

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