Losing your job can be one of the most stressful things to happen. Not only does it affect your financial stability, but it also takes a toll on the emotional well-being of you and your family, including your kids.
According to many studies, children whose mother or father has lost their job are likely to have poor grades in school.
Despite the financial and emotional insecurities that arise from losing a job, it is important that parents find ways to deal with the reality without affecting their children.
I have never been laid off or fired from work and so I’ve never had to go through such a scary situation. But I’ve seen many of my friends struggling with the aftereffects of recession. Apart from being hit hard by the recession, some of their main concerns were whether they should tell their kids about the job loss.
What they should say and how much of it will the kids actually understand.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s always best to tell your children the truth before they start assuming things and jump into conclusions. You can present the matter in an age-appropriate manner and assure them that no matter what happens, their needs will be taken care of. Also be prepared to answer any questions they have.
You can present the matter in an age-appropriate manner and assure them that no matter what happens, their needs will be taken care of. Also be prepared to answer any questions they have.
Sharing the news with your kids can be one of the hardest things to do. But the power of information is one of the key factors that will help you deal with the job loss in a simpler way. In spite of what you feel inside, you need to show optimism and confidence in front of your children and tell them that everything is going to be alright.
Let them know of any changes that would be taken in order to cope with this difficult situation, such as changing schools or moving to a less expensive neighborhood.
Make sure that you do not make many changes in your child’s daily routine. Because kids feel more secure when things around them have a predictable nature.
Losing your job can affect your self-esteem in a negative manner. Frustration, anxiety, stress and sometimes depression may set in. These are all normal but you should be strong enough to prevent these emotions and feelings from taking over and destroying your life.
You need to take care of yourself and understand that your health and happiness is really the health and happiness of your family.