How You Can Help Mom or Dad

Sometimes through no fault of their own, parents find themselves without a job or with lower incomes. A factory may close, sales may be down or their health may fail. Whatever the cause, tough times affect everyone in the family.

Unemployment may mean less money, more stress and schedule changes. Your parent may behave like a different person. The anger and frustration they feel may come out in ways you have trouble understanding. Mom may yell about things that wouldn’t have bothered her before. Or dad may not pay attention when you’re talking.

During tough times, parents are worried about paying the bills and finding a new job. They also may be feeling angry about losing their job.

Talking can help. Take time to talk to your parents and brothers and sisters about the changes taking place. Listen to what they have to say.

Sometimes you may feel alone and worried about what’s happening to your family. Angry outbursts, depression or abuse of alcohol are all examples of serious problems that can occur in families. These problems may require outside help. Your school counselor, teacher, minister, doctor or neighbor can help you find the support you need. Don’t hesitate to talk to them.

Ways You Can Help

Here are some things you can do when money is short:

Here are some ways you can help your family save on bills. Even little things help:

Here are some things you can do to help relieve stress and tension at home:

No matter what your age, there are things you can do to help at home during tough times.