Magazine article Working Mother

Surviving a Layoff

Magazine article Working Mother

Surviving a Layoff

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Though the U.S. economy is bouncing back, some companies are still tightening their bottom lines-which can mean staffcuts. if it happens to you or your partner (unfortunately), be prepared to bolster yourself and your family with these coping strategies.

Put it into kid perspective. We all know the cliché "it's not personal, it's business." But that doesn't make a layoffeasier for your family. Help your kids understand the basic causes, such as company restructuring or downsizing. Explain that it wasn't because you did something wrong or weren't liked at your job. Stick to the facts-and skip unnecessary details-to increase their understanding and acceptance.

Be a buffer. Being unemployed can be frustrating and overwhelming, but be sure to bemoan your jobloss status to close friends and your partner only. Try not to show your stress to your kids, who may have a hard time coping and could wind up feeling helpless. Children pick up their emotional cues from the adults around them, and yours need you, as the family's CEo, to stay strong during this troubling time. …

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