How to Talk to Kids About Layoffs

With more layoffs happening from large-scale Fortune 500 companies to small-town mom-and-pop establishments, one of the main concerns that hound terminated employees is how to tell their children about it. The fear that telling them about their loss of job would only upset the family. Here are some pointers that would help.

Take care of yourself

Value the talents and skills you have gained in your previous employer, which you can offer to another organization. Think about the good things you have in your life and treat your job loss as part of an inevitable change.

Tell your spouse first

If you are living with your spouse or a significant other, tell your partner before you inform the children about your job loss.

Make the explanation simple

With your partner, tell the kids about the sad news using simple language and short sentences. Do not beat around the bush and tell the truth about you and other coworkers getting eliminated from your jobs because the company needs to save money.

Anticipate how your children will react

Be prepared on how to deal with their concerns and reactions. Assure them that they will be okay. Tell them that you are going to look for another job.

Tell them that any adjustments will be temporary

If you are worried about how the family will survive financially, tell the children that you need to cut costs for a while until you find another job. If your child asks you to buy something for him or her, tell your child that you can buy it once the finances are in better shape.

Let them know you are upset

Tell them how you feel about the job loss, but you also need to assure them that you will be okay.

Discuss the matter with your children

Answer their questions simply and honestly. Tell them that it is also okay to talk about your job loss to their friends. Lastly, hug your children with much love.

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