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Children stressed at school because of home troubles

from The New York Times

Diane and Eric Kehler tried not to talk about it in front of the children, but as Jen Hegerty, the guidance counselor at Wilson Hill Elementary School, says, "Children have eagle ears." Eric Kehler lost his $90,000-a-year job as an information technology manager. And though he and his wife discussed their problems in whispers, eagle ears don't miss much. Their son Mathias, 12, a quiet, cerebral sixth-grader at Wilson Hill, got quieter. "Our house was sort of in a state of despair. We weren't as happy as usual," Mathias said. The emotional strain on children is plain from the names of the support groups the guidance counselor, Hegerty, has created: The Chicken Little group; the Volcano Management group; the Family Change group. more

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