Here are some tips to help families deal with the economic stresses.
Focus on appreciating each family member and sharing that appreciation in some way every day. (Taking these opportunities instills the belief that a persons self worth is not attached to their economic worth)
Provide the Family with structure and routine; revisit old family traditions and create new ones. (This will instill a sense of stability)
Emphasize Family Communication
Talk about the effects the economy is having on your family and involve family members in making decisions about how to handle the changes. Allow everyone to brainstorm together.
Focus also on the effects the economy is having on our community, our country and the global economy. How can your family help others who are being impacted?
Create gratitude activities as a family that shift the focus from what we don't have to what we do have.
Allow children to take ownership in helping out with household tasks. (this will reduce parent stress and allow the children to feel a sense of autonomy).
Emphasize the importance of Self -Care. (We tend to abandon basic self-care principles in times of distress. As parents it is important to model self-care through eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and prioritizing recreation.
Create regular times for Family Fun & Recreation: play games, have discussions, prepare special meals together etc.
Build a support network with relatives, friends, and neighbors to expand your resources.
Take this opportunity to discover new community resources and activities.
Become informed about what you can do to be more economically responsible and get help where needed. (perhaps include some community resources here)
Author: Staci Pfeiffer