With the economy crashing at a heart-stopping rate, it's a major topic of conversation these days. And because most of us don't necessarily stop talking when our kids come in, they're hearing more than perhaps they should. (They hear everything, by the way, except when you're asking them to set the table. Then they're suddenly suffering from severe hearing loss.)
It's almost certain that your kids already know that the country is in serious financial trouble. What's less certain is if they know what that means for your family. And what's even less certain that that is how much they should know about your family's financial worries -- and how to talk to them about it.
When the steady paycheck that pays the bills is suddenly called into question, stress levels rise accordingly. When that paycheck has to stretch beyond any reasonable ability just to pay for the basics, it shows. Unless you're living on credit without a care in the world, your kids have probably noticed something. So it might not be such a bad idea to talk to them.
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