Dealing with a shrinking budget is difficult for any family, but just how do you go about explaining it to your children? One useful solution: deploy the Muppets.
Families Stand Together is an hour-long Sesame Street special, which deals with some of the challenges families face during economic downturns. In traditional Street fashion, the subject is dramatised via the Muppets: in this case Elmo, whose mother has lost her job, necessitating a few cutbacks and lifestyle changes. While most of what it says is pretty obvious, using familiar characters is a good way of helping kids feel less stressed if money is tight. Hit the link for the entire video, direct from the Children's Television Workshop site.