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On Why Michael Ian Black wrote a children's book about sadness

"It might be a difficult idea to get across, in an era of social media and heightened technology. 'It’s something I had to learn, and I think it’s something my wife had to learn,' Black admits. 'I feel like a parent has [only] two jobs: Help your [kids] feel that they’re loved, and two, make them feel safe.' Also important: Giving your children the tools for self-reliance."