|How to Talk to Your Family|
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If you equate your work to your self-worth, as many of us do, telling your spouse and children can seem like a daunting task. The good news is that they are the people that love you and will be able to support you during this time. Here are a few things to think about when preparing to talk to your family about the changes ahead.
First, make sure you have at least preliminarily processed your feelings. Take inventory of how you’re feeling about yourself, and begin to think about all of the things that you have to offer, both to your family and to a new job. Dwell on the positive things you do have in your life.
Tell your partner first, and let them help you break the news to your children. Depending on the age of your kids, it’s good to use simple, honest language that is straightforward enough for them to understand.
If your children express concern, assure them that this is a temporary situation, and that you will be looking for another job. Answer their questions simply and honestly. Let them help you figure out how to cut costs during this time, and make it a family-focused project.