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Job Searching is a Family Affair

Losing a job and searching for a new one is a difficult situation for anyone to be in. But when you have children, the process becomes that much more complicated. As a job seeker with kids, you should use this opportunity to communicate and educate them. Also, viewing this time as an adventure will make your kids feel safer and more excited for change.

Communication is key.

Your kids will have questions and you need to be prepared to answer them. Reassure them that your situation is temporary and that, in time, a new routine will develop. Children like to be prepared, so layout what changes are happening in the coming months. Give them time to ask questions about how these changes will affect them.

Find the teachable moments.

Unemployment often means finances are tight. Most children have a hard time understanding why they need to give up what was once a routine thing. Searching for a job is a great time to teach your kids about stretching a dollar. Show them how to save and be smart with the money you do have. Check out the list of apps devoted to helping you raise a money-conscious kid.

Also, you can take this time to do more free activities as a family. Start up the family game night again, grow a garden in the backyard, have a cookout in the park.

Make it an adventure!

The uncertainty of job searching can be scary for kids. Impress upon your kids the good parts of unemployment, by likening your circumstance to their favorite adventure books. If they’re young enough, read them these stories at night and use the opportunity to equate your life and the character’s life.

Have you ever been job searching with children? Was it difficult? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ali Kelley

Ali is a freelance writer who blogs about nonprofits, tech and social media for Chicago startups, Zealous Good, Dabble, and Eventbrite. Since graduating college in 2009, she has learned a ton about job searching in a recession, and is excited to share her experiences. In addition to writing, Ali enjoys the finer things in life like pajamas that double as jeans.