Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Elmo Adjusts To Tough Economy

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Every kid is being affected by the economy, even a happy-go-lucky, fuzzy, red toddler.

Tomorrow (Sep. 9), Sesame Street’s 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 Street’s Elmo says the recession doesn’t 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 it’s crucial for parents to talk to their kids about the economy so there’s 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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