(CNN)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.