In light of the shutdown...explaining financial hardship to children? Paying CS?
I know a lot of people around here who are affected by the shut down. I'm glad to see that the military pay will not be stopped, but we have TONS of gov't workers in the DC area...including my DH...who are either furloughed now or working without pay until this all gets resolved.
For many families, this means that there will be no income coming in for the next few weeks.
As such, people have to adjust their spending on everything from groceries to ECs. Some people may even have to think about being unable to pay rent or utilities. You could say "well, don't you have savings?" but lets be realistic, many people don't have sufficient savings to limp through more than a few weeks, if that. Especially when spouses have difficulty working due to their SO's job, moving frequently, etc.
Anyway...for discussion, how do you or how would you recommend that others explain such financial considerations to kids of different ages?
Do you try to keep up appearances? Or do you explain that for now, the extras just aren't an option? Do you say "I'm sorry, I can't sign you up for X because we can't afford it right now" or do you just say no and leave it at that?
And what about CS? BM counts on that each month. DH's CS comes right out of his paycheck. The gov't sends his portion directly to FOC. If we try to pay privately, we'll end up paying for it twice--once privately, once when the paychecks start being generated again. (My DH is "exempt" which means that he goes to work anyway, just doesn't get paid until this resolves.)
So this shutdown affects life in two homes, affects kids, affects the adults, yada yada.