'My Daddy Got Fired' - Talking To Kids About Job Loss

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"My daddy got fired."

I flinched a little when I heard those words blurted out by my then-five year old daughter to a random barista at a coffee shop. Ouch! We had talked about job loss, job search and unemployment privately, but this was a rare public airing of my predicament by my sweet little girl. Recovering quickly I chuckled, shoved a hot chocolate into her hands and ushered her off to a table.