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Banking on our kids

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 by Maggie LaBarbera

It's Friday and I, like so many Americans are worried about this bailout package. If it passes, what does that mean to our economy, will it solve the problem, or is it just a quick fix, a band-aid?  It is doesn't pass, then what will happen, will we plummet into a depression?

I feel the stress growing inside from a sense of powerlessness, worry and fear.

It is possible that your children may be hearing much of this news and not really understanding what it all means. Kids are really sensitive and can feel concern, fear and worry.  So what can we do as parents to help them?  No easy answers here but just some suggestions:

  • Depending on age, this could be a great opportunity to talk a little about responsible spending and use of credit.
  • Depending on their age, ask them what they are hearing so you can clarify facts and give them some assurance
  • Exercise and family activities is another great way to relieve some of that pent up concern and release some of the stress.
  • Family activities is a great way to forget about the problems of our country, for a little while, and build up some great memories with the kids.
Hard times often represent an opportunity to bring families closer through communication and taking control of immediate goals that can give us some sense of control. Healthy family goals, being more active, making positive changes in family nutrition.

I am not sure what will happen with the economy and the banking system. But,  know we can be confident that focusing on healthier eating, healthier living and being more active is something that will pay in short and longterm dividends for the family (pardon the pun)



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Friday, Oct 03, 2008 @ 05:52 PM

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I have found that the tighter economic times create an opportunity for my boys and I to explore creative ways to entertain. Summer was really tough with the high gas prices. However, we found free "Shakespeare in the Park" performances in downtown Denver. The three of us packed a picnic dinner, took the light rail (far less expensive than driving and parking in $10 lots), and enjoyed Shakespeare performed in a way we all enjoyed. When you "think outside of the box" and let your kids contribute to the plan, I think you'll be amazed at the results!

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