Hands up if you’ve ever spent hours analysing a two-word text message..?
Or had a full-blown meltdown over a particularly ambiguous use of an emoji..?
Yep, it’s hard enough for adults to communicate when we’re not face-to-face, so spare a thought for children in this crazy, COVID world.
Whether by choice or by mandate, face masks are officially a part of our everyday lives – but kids are notoriously visual creatures, and rely so much on facial expressions to interpret the world around them.
It can be confusing – and even scary – when even those closest to them are reduced to a pair of eyes, muffled voice and dishevelled mum bun (oh wait, is that just me?).
That’s what inspired me to create ‘The Day Everyone’s Face Disappeared’ – a toolkit for families to kickstart the conversation around face masks, with an accessible, easy-to-understand picture book incorporating activities and talking points developed in consultation with an education specialist.
It’s available NOW – and comes in both Australian/UK and US editions (paperback and ebook). You can find all the stockists (including a direct shop) over on my new website, https://chloeflynnauthor.com