Speaking Point: The unemployment rate has finally slowed down this past March 2010 to 9 or roughly 15 million people out of work. 15 million people, many of whom have families, many of whom are now home everyday with their families. There may not be a greater disruption to the dynamics and workings of a family than if one of the parents, the parent who worked outside the home, suddenly is home everyday. Besides the obvious of urgently finding a new job, there are many concerns about the balance and flow of the family system. Here are some helpful tips for the suddenly unemployed to help keep themselves and their family functioning well in this stressful time.
Speaking Point: 1.Remember, this system was running without you there, so it’s important to "blend" in and not take over or start changing things.
Speaking Point: 2. Everyone will pick up your mood, so make sure you don’t transfer your stress to the behaviors of your spouse or kids.
Speaking Point: 3. Structure your day! Its impossible to look for a job all day long, so set up a schedule when finding a job is your job. When you are off duty, be off duty and enjoy your time... you may not have that time again when you start working.
Speaking Point: 4.Pace yourself. The job market is still so volatile so be realistic. It may take a long time to get what you are looking for.
Speaking Point: 5. Be realistic about your job search, about your expectations of your spouse and children and about your own self. Remember…you are human and this can be a stressful experience.