Tomorrow (Sep. 9), Sesame Streets new special, Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure In Tough Times, airs on PBS and will give support to families coping with the economic crisis.
Sesame Streets Elmo says the recession doesnt have to be scary.
His mom was laid off earlier this year and Elmo has learned that his family has to be careful with spending now.
Instead of going to amusement parks, they go to playgrounds, and rather than asking for new toys, he fixes his old ones. Elmo even uses his piggy bank money to buy food for his fish.
Financial expert Jean Chatzky says its crucial for parents to talk to their kids about the economy so theres no confusion.
Like Elmo, Chatzky says kids should be involved in brainstorming ways to reduce household spending, like planting a vegetable garden and using hand-me-downs.
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