Breaking the News


parents talking to their little girlPhoto © CobrisYour first conversation with your children about any tough experience can feel overwhelming — for you and them — particularly if the situation drastically changes your family’s everyday life. Yet, letting children know what’s happening is crucial to helping them adapt. Try some of the following suggestions to share the news with your children:

  • If a parent has lost a job: “Dad lost his job. It wasn’t his fault. Dad will find a new job, but we are not sure when. We hope it will be very soon. In the meantime, we’ll all be together and we’ll be fine.”
  • If your family has to move: “We don’t have as much money as we used to have, and we will have to move together to another place. It’s going to be different, but we’ll work to make it OK.”
  • If a parent’s salary has been reduced: “The place where Mom works cannot pay her as much money as it used to. To save money we’ll have to change the things we do and buy.”
  • If a parent has to spend more time at work: “I have a different job with more or later hours, and I won’t be home as much. I’ll be getting home after you have gone to bed, but I’ll kiss you when I get home and we will see each other in the morning.”

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