I need some advice on how to explain that we have no money to my 4 & 5 year olds. Before my devorce we were making good money, but now I am welfare and my ex doesn't pay child support (I am going to court but that will take time). My children don't understand why we don't have what we used to and now I am going to be losing cable and internet by the end of the week.
How do I explain this to them in a way they will understand?
Asked by Anonymous at 5:07 PM on May. 4, 2010 in Money & Work
Answer by rkoloms at 5:18 PM on May. 4, 2010
i wouldn't even mention it. they're going through so many changes already. just do free things, like the park. blaming money will only make them resent one of 2 things: you-because daddy had enough money, or daddy-because he took the money away. you shouldn't offer too much information to young kids. if they ask, answer.
why can't i have a new toy? - because you have enough toys
why can't we watch tv? - because it's so nice outside
why can't we go to chuck e cheese? - because i want to have a picnic at the park
if you can be happy without money, they will be, too.
Answer by bestmommyeber at 5:35 PM on May. 4, 2010
Answer by MaryJacobs at 6:10 PM on May. 4, 2010
Answer by missanc at 8:30 PM on May. 4, 2010