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As the nation shuts down and loved ones huddle to weather what may well be weeks of coronavirus-induced isolation, family tensions are rising.

Like a canary in a coal mine, children are often the first to respond negatively to any strain on the family unit — so parents, don’t be surprised if your children are already fussing and fighting at levels well above their normal sibling squabbles.

“Sometimes parents feel like, ‘Oh my God, like, how could you guys be having this argument right now? Like right now when I’m in this moment of, like, panic about the coronavirus? What is wrong with you?’ ” said pediatrician Dr. Jenny Radesky, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Here at CNN, many of us are parents too. Just like you, we are staring in shock and awe at our children as their tempers explode. Just like you, we need parenting advice as we try to work from home and juggle homeschooling, meal prep and family dynamics while worrying what to do when the toilet paper runs out.

That’s why we reached out to top experts on child development to ask them this simple question for us all: “Please, can you help?”

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