THE FAMILY CORNER
 

SURVIVING
 
JOB LOSS
 

In the past, job loss usually meant that one of several fairly well understood things had happened. One was simply that a person was not doing the job adequately and was fired. Another possible reason was that the company didn't have enough work for its employees, so they got "laid off," sometimes only temporarily. And another fairly common reason was that the company had gone out of business.

More recently, a new type of job loss has come on the scene. Many businesses are now "down-sizing" in an attempt to become more efficient, cut expenses, or in some cases to simply make more short-term profits. Employees are caught in a cultural upheaval. "Job security" is a thing of the past. People entering the job market today are told to expect several career changes, not necessarily of their choosing, during their work lives.
 

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CAREER
There's more to preparing for a career than just deciding what you want to do for a living. For example, it's also important to develop good communication skills, the ability to "think on your feet," and a strong work ethic. For some ideas that can be helpful to both adults and teens, click here.
 

DEALING WITH CONFLICT
A BETTER WAY TO WIN

Almost everything you read concerning conflict mainly addresses ways to resolve conflict. That's great, but there's more to conflict than that. There can also be times when conflict can actually be constructive. For an example, read PRACTICING CONFLICT.

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FOR PARENTS
 

Teens can be super-sensitive about criticism. The fact that you are going to need to give them criticism makes this a particularly difficult issue. Learning how to take criticism and to use it constructively is a major part of growing into a responsible adult. Even when the criticism is not justified.

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