The uncertainty of the current economic recession cannot be escaped easily, in thought or activity, whether in the course of an adult’s life or that of a child or teenager. Due to the fact that our society is constantly bombarded by the media frenzy that loves to report ill tidings, children are at risk of the most emotional duress during financial difficulties, one of the reasons being they are not familiar with yellow journalism tactics. At home, children and teenagers are quite sensitive to the emotions of their parents, and a parental unit that is stressed by the weight of their personal finances may unintentionally contribute to the amount of anxiety the children may experience.
Helping children and teens to cope with the recession should a reasonably straightaway task, if the issue is attacked head-on. The major factor in easing the fears of children and teens is to remain rational, honest and sincere in your desire to explain the situation. Grandiose thoughts about the recession and exaggerations, even in jest with other adults can ferment in the minds of young people who may have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction. Explain the impact that the recession may have on your personal family situation, and any changes that may be necessary in the area of family expenditures. Be honest, but remember that children look to adults for support and guidance, so keep the gloom and doom assessments of the situation to a minimum. A positive outlook is contagious even in hard times, so try to remember that most likely children will follow the parental example in most instances.
There are a number of resources available to explain the reasons for the recession, it’s impact on the world economy, and how Americans are affected. Respect and trusted news sources known for their objectivity and honesty can be used to a parents advantage as a teaching tool, as well as internet sources that are responsible in content. Television round-table discussions with leading economic analysts participating are another excellent resource to use in giving children and teens a diverse and in-depth view of the current financial crisis. Finally, talk to children to see how the education system is approaching the subject, and if a child’s school is enlightening children adequately on the subject of the recession.
It is important as an adult and a parent to utilize as many educational resources as possible, in the hope of imparting a child with a well-rounded knowledge of the recession. When adult issues are understood by children and teens, they are much less stressful and menacing.