Parents love their kids, but that doesn’t make them experts on masks or vaccines

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I came late to parenthood. While it was something I had always desired, it didn’t happen until my mid-30s, after I had completed my paediatric training.

People have asked me over the years if it was harder to become a parent after understanding intimately all the ways a child’s body could falter or fail, with injury and illness lurking around every corner.

Love and fear, it always seemed to me, were the two halves of every parent’s heart – love in its most intense and all-encompassing form, married to an equally intense fear that something terrible could happen at any moment. It mattered little to me that I had my children after I had become a paediatric emergency physician: I knew these two truths existed in every parent, regardless of age or stage in life.

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