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    So since I got custody of my two children in 2011, I’ve been working full-time, my mum has been a rock and looks after the kids half-term and summer holidays, well last summer she said was her last she don’t mind doing half-terms but won’t be doing the summer holidays,  6 weeks, which I can understand as she done enough for me, my kids are 12 & 14, I don’t know that I’m going to do, I don’t want to give my job up but might not have a choice ad time is running out, I can’t find any club’s for them as too old, and there’s no way I can leave them on their own together most of the day, anyone got any advice please on what I could do, I’m getting worried.

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    I am in the same predicament as you but sadly no parents to ask. I have saved my 3 weeks for summer holidays. I am waiting to hear from.old nursery about the rest of the  summer holidays   .thenursery agreed her going back at Easter although my child is in reception and that sort of worked until she caught a nasty bug with temp of 41 .

    Have you gone online or thought of voluntary work? We had school children helping at our events over the holidays and in the office . Have you thought about unpaid leave ? Or even asking your mum to do 3 weeks and that you will pay her. Hope it works out and please do.not give up your job .



    #25224 Report

    Hi there

    For further help and support you can always call our single parent helpline.  Hopefully they may have some signposting options for you.

    <!  Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline – Freephone 0808 802 0925

          Opening hours: Mon 10 – 6, Tues 10- 4, Wed 10 – 1 & 5 – 7, Thurs 10 – 4, Fri 10 – 4  They can be busy so callers can expect to wait up to 20 minutes before the call is answered.

    Hope that helps, Justine

    #25239 Report


    Have you contacted the local district council. Ours runs a holiday club in a local senior school. It’s quite good value and they take people up to 14.

    Or would your mum do one week on and one week off so it isn’t so tiring for her?  And you cover the rest.

    Do you work close to home?  Could you leave them from 8.30 to 12.30, nip home for lunch & check on them, back to work for 1.30 and home at 5.30?  Stressy but possible?

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    Which county are you in?

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    I’m in Kent. Unfortunately from may – October is our busy season,  I don’t get any time off ,only bank holidays and obviously weekends, I’m reluctant to leave them on there own together for 6weeks, as they always kicking off together, I really don’t know what I’m going to do.

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