Seniors Sharing Book About Hard Times and Losing a Home

Losing a Home is Tough on Children - taliesin
Losing a Home is Tough on Children – taliesin
Older adults help children have hope by reading What to Do When Your Family Loses its Home. They can share their perspective of how things can get better.

One of the most wonderful gifts of aging is being able to share wisdom and understanding with grandchildren and other young people you know. The book What to Do When Your Family Loses its Home (The Rosen Publishing Group, 2010) by Rachel Lynettegently informs children about the process of losing a home, and points to possible scenarios which offer a reason for kids to hope. This fine book falls in the realm of Bibliotherapy, or books which help a reader grow and cope emotionally with lessons for life.

Many Reasons for Losing a Home Covered in This Let’s Work it Out Book

There is mention of a number of precipitating factors in losing a home:

  • fire
  • flood
  • hurricanes like Katrina
  • job loss
  • sickness
  • other natural disasters

Down to earth suggestions are given to help make the adjustment smoother. This includes painting a room to feel more at home after being forced to move by losing a home. Grandparents can share their personal stories about coming back from loss in their own lives and people they’ve known.

How Rachel Lynette’s Book About a Family Losing a Home Can Help

With the economy like it is, a number of people can relate to this issue. As a teacher, I see children who are at various stages of this process. Both the students and their families could benefit from reading this book in a nurturing environment with an older person to guide and comfort them. When the subject of finances comes up, there are always a few students who are full of comments about parents losing their jobs or other scenarios about running out of money. A family’s sense of security is shaken to the core.

Ideas are presented about ways to get help like living with grandparents or other relatives. It is approached honestly with recognition of the problems to be confronted like sadness, stress, and even noise and lack of privacy when living in more crowded conditions. Even shelter life is explained with attention to why rules must be followed there.

Reading it can show children that events in a person’s life are a progression. People can experience hard times, yet progress to a better place after a period of time. It also helps children know it’s not their fault, and they can still enjoy happiness wherever they are. The part about downsizing and living within one’s budget may even protect the readers in their own future by helping them understand a basic concept about money.

Who Seniors Can Read to About Losing a Home and How

Of course, children directly involved in losing their home can benefit from reading the book, especially when done with a grandparent in a caring setting. However, most children have something to learn about life from reading about the journey from such a bad event to emotional healing and financial recovery. First, it helps them be more understanding of classmates who have fallen on hard times. Secondly, such insight can help them throughout their lives since life isn’t always fair. This book can show them that people can come back from bad times, whether caused by storm, the economy, or other reasons.

Older adults who are ready to read What to Do When Your Family Loses its Home to their grandkids or other young people need to choose the time and place carefully. Make sure it is a calm day for the child or children and they have eaten; material of this sort could upset a hungry child and thwart the chance to make it a learning opportunity. Pick a place where the child is comfortable – perhaps a couch or favorite chair. Some schools have guest readers on a regular basis and would welcome a senior reader to read and discuss this important book.

Let the children discuss how it relates to their lives or that of a friend or relative. If they don’t know anyone in this circumstance, discussion is still in order to develop empathy. As you read, don’t get too bogged down in the grief. Emphasize the hope and healing aspect of the journey of grief and problem solving the characters go through. Discuss the ways the families learned to adjust to changing circumstances. While recognizing the sadness and the fact that life isn’t always fair, stress the things which were done to help the children in the book feel better about life.

Summary of What to Do When Your Family Loses its Home

This sensitive and informative book by Rachel Lynette provides seniors a great opportunity to spend time with children in their lives learning about hope in hard times. The shared experience of reading this book can have a positive impact on young people who read it, whether at school or at home or with grandparents or other older adults. It clarifies that they are not alone, and that there are ways out of the predicament, and things can get better.

This book is part of the Let’s Work It Out set which encourages children to use their thinking abilities to deal with issues which families face at times. Each chapter is a short one page and taps into the many facets of losing a home. It treats the journey as a process from which a family can recover rather than just a tragic event to be grieved. Recognition is given to the sadness and grief but hope and a way out is also presented.

The book What to Do When Your Family Loses its Home offers hope and healing to children who are either going through this or who know of others in that situation. Senior citizens can sit with children and read while welcoming them to talk about hopes and fears about the economy and their security. Often talking makes the fears get smaller, and reading about choices and remedies for such heart-rending issues makes kids and adults more able to think it through rather than get stuck in the grief of the moment. Check it out from the library or buy a copy for your grandchild’s school.


Lynette, Rachel. What to Do When Your Family Loses its Home. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 2010.


About grantutor

Career educator in both public and private schools. Has tutored all ages. Writes about education, parenting, & seniors. Sings harmony with folk/rock group and a choir. Caregiver for spouse who dealt with Stage IV cancer. Happy person committed to nature and conservation of a green world.
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