June 5, 2020 (IANSlife) The country is grappling with the radical effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, lay-offs and pay cuts being part of them.
What a few parents are now scared to face is the inability to say no to certain things that their children look forward to - simply because they cannot or may not be able to afford it.
With the onset of economic distress, many professionals have been laid off, in some cases both parents. Parents may be able to conceal their fears about bringing food to the table; however, children are sharp and are quick to sense inhibitions.
"Job loss is a difficult subject for adults too, let alone children. However, kids take everything in black and white so the message needs to be age appropriate. This may involve some very difficult conversations to be had, however it is best to set the tone gradually and help them understand the situation," says Dr Parul Tank, Consultant Psychiatrist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund.
Often, parents are confused about utilising the ideal form of verbal communication when they sit their child down to explain things to them. During this discussion, make sure you do not set the expectations for the child, lest they be burdened with responsibility.
Here are a few tips to help in your conversation while talking about job loss with your child:
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