The Atlantic Daily: Americans’ Long-Awaited Return to Normal

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The end is in sight. We preview the country’s long-awaited Return to Normal.

At long last, Americans are able to see the relief on the horizon, and the end of the outbreak that’s cost the country more than 500,000 lives.

One question, answered: A reader named Jessica asks, “How can I teach my kid to love reading?”

[“Tess” would] rather play dress-up. I feel like we did right by her sister but failed her!

Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer respond in our latest “Homeroom” column:

When kids falter as readers, parents often feel a double frustration: one born of concern for their child, and another stemming from a sense of failure as a parent. But getting Tess more interested in reading will require fighting this kind of thinking, and avoiding telegraphing your concern to her unintentionally. Instead, try to view Tess’s learning to read as an opportunity to delve into her interests in a way you can both enjoy.

Keep reading. Every Tuesday, Abby and Brian take questions from readers about their kids’ education. Have one? Email them at

Tonight’s Atlantic-approved isolation activity:

Lower your expectations. You’ll be happier if you grade reality on a curve, our staff writer James Parker argues

Today’s break from the news:

The prices on your Monopoly board hold a dark secret.