I think it’s easy to talk to our kids about how the crisis has affected the economy as a whole. We can watch the 6 o’clock news with them and talk about why General Motors had to file for bankruptcy protection. Or why there are record foreclosures. But when the crisis has hit our homes, it’s a bit more challenging. Do we really need them to know the daily struggle it is for many of us? That brings up a whole new set of issues.
My response to all this is that there is no right or wrong answer. We have to take it on a case by case basis. In general, we have to be wise about how we handle sharing with our kids our daily reality. For our younger ones, I believe that we should shield them as much as possible from some of the issues we have to deal with. It’s easier said than done, I know. But sharing with them some of our challenges might do more harm than good.
We just have to be careful with how we handle these difficult situations with our kids. I’d love to hear some of your thoughts or suggestions about how to handle these situations. A positive exchange of thoughts and ideas can yield positive results. Feel free to leave a comment here on the blog.
If you’re currently being affected in a negative way by the economy, just hang in there. You may have heard it said that tough times don’t last but tough people do. Things do get better in time. Do your best as a parent to help reassure your kids that all is well, despite the challenges you may be facing. That’s just part of being a loving parent – doing your best while letting your kids know things will be fine.
Enjoy your day.
The Upbeat Dad