Telling the kids when recession hits home
Not a pleasant thought but a very real one these days.
The truth is unemployment is soaring and the economy continues to sputter. Every job, including our own, is facing looming layoffs and perhaps salary cuts for those that remain.
How the hell to tell the kids?
I have a few friends in this position, and likely will have more soon. One is taking the tact that it’s best not to tell his children until he has to. Another has kept his two kids abreast of developments.
It’s a personal choice, obviously. But I did come across an interesting piece from Business Week magazine that provided some tips on how to broach the subject with the family, and kids in particular.
I hope none of us ever end up in this situation. But life doesn bring twists and turns, and, as is the case with other difficult topics we bring to our children, it’s helpful to have a plan when you go in.
So, hats off to Business Week. Here’s their report:
You lost your job! Should you tell your kids?
Posted by: Mauro Vaisman on September 16
As I read the news today about the thousands of people that are coming to work so they can pack their personal belongings, several things cross my mind—but at the top of the list is: “What is the right way to tell your kids that you just lost your job?”
I did some web research and found an article from 2005 at CareerBuilder.com. Not sure who wrote it, since the byline says only “CareerBuilder blogger” but it has some good advice from Lorie Lewandowski, a counselor for the Mountain Lakes School District in NJ.
Here are some advice from the article:
-Gauge their reaction
-Choose an appropriate time
-Assure them they will be taken care of
-Give them hope
-Watch for behavioral changes
-Let them be a part of your search
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