You have heard of “teachable moments” at work—those highly charged (usually unfortunate) incidents that give leaders and their teams the chance to stop and talk about what the lasting lessons might be. When you’ve been laid off, you have one big teachable moment to bring home to the family. Although this most certainly isn’t the teachable moment you would choose, it’s yours anyway. So make the most of it to give your children positive, confidence-building lessons that will carry them throughout their lives—in both bad and good times that are sure to come:
• Self-worth doesn’t depend on status, status symbols, or job titles.
• Money is not the way to measure value.
• Fun can be free.
• Money-tight times ...