Parent must tell children realities about job loss

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have been giving my kids an allowance since they were little — not a lot of money, but consistent money. Now that I have lost my job and unemployment has not kicked in yet, I’m worried about how to keep up this simple practice. Obviously it’s more pressing to make sure there is enough food to eat, but I don’t want to walk away from the stability that I created in the family. Should I lower the amount but still give them something that shows my good intentions? My kids are 10 and 12. They know about the coronavirus, but do I tell them about what it means that I have lost my job? I don’t want to scare them, but I do need to manage their expectations. — What To Say

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The Oklahoma House of Representatives this week passed the Barbara E. Hoover Act which will extend electronic monitoring of family members to long-term care facilities.

The Clinton City Council unanimously agreed to appoint Gene McCullough as the acting city manager.

Here's a look at Friday's headlines

- Unemployment fraud on the rise in Clinton

- Seniors celebrated today with parades, ceremonies

- Library reopens to public

- Trejo rejoins team in second title run

- Rising Stars expanding

- State deaths

At Clinton Public Library it’s business as usual, said Western Plains Library System director Tim Miller, with only a few minor procedural changes put in place to keep the library’s staff and customers safe. All seven WPLS library branches are open, and they’re also providing curbside service for patrons who prefer not to come inside the library.

WOCS has helping hand

Mission House Shelter Director Jennifer Howard, left, accepts donated items from Dora Miller, Western Oklahoma Christian School Principal. Students, teachers and other staff donated to help out during the food shortage caused by COVID-19.

The Clinton community is coming together today to celebrate Clinton High School’s graduating seniors, beginning with the Senior Parade at 11 a.m., a “virtual” graduation ceremony, put together by school staff, at 7 p.m., followed by a “Grad Drag” at 8:30 p.m. along Frisco Avenue.