Thank you, all of you who showed such concern about the cat and the coffee. A slight swelling is all that remains of that story.
I wish I knew how to write a blog that could be sent directly to pre-teeners and teenagers. There must be such an awful amount of fright and depression in that age group because of homelessness and parents loosing their jobs. Who looks out for that group. I think the parents mistakenly try to protect their children from these bad news. I think it is important that they all should be involve and form a cohesive front.
I would like to tell this group to first of all ...try to be loving and helpful. Help in every way you can and resolve to be a united front. Suggest that you be allowed to look for work in your neighborhood. There are many things you can do to earn money. There must be old people living near by. Offer to sweep snow off the sidewalk. Or to go shopping in the nearest market. Or walk the dog. Ask for the lowest legal payment. At the end of the week add up all your income and keep 10% of your income and save the ninety % for college. If your parents have regained jobs, ask them what you can do in the house to help out and insist on getting paid and do the same saving . Discuss with your parents where to deposit your savings so the money can earn more for you in a safe way.
If they feel that there are ways to save for college there is no way they will drop out of high school. And if they are seriously college bound they will work hard to keep the grades up. And do not ever use a credit card. I have heard so much about huge school loans and on top of that huge credit card debts.
If any of you, my wonderful commenter, have children in this age-group, read this to them and let me know what their reaction is. What on earth does this nearly ninety year old foreigner know about my problems, will probably be their response.