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    Hello everyone, I’m just looking for a bit of advice or anyone that has been in a similar situation. I have a 6 year old and currently pregnant with my second which is due in December. I currently work part time 16 hours as I’m pretty much a single parent (dad and I are on and off and he lives away for work) I work a Monday 12-4 and a Friday 10-2 and a Saturday 11:30-8pm. I’ll be going on maternity leave in November and hope to go back to work September as il have to unfortunately most likely put my baby into nursery while I go to work and my daughter is at school. I struggle with childcare quite a lot. I have my daughter in an after school club on a Monday as I finish after school pick up and work will not budge on changing my hours. I also struggle with my Saturday shift, I literally go between friends, my parents and her dad if he’s around which I find quite stressful having to sort out every week. Also when half term hits I struggle and have to go between people again as it’s 3 days a week I need to cover. I’m considering not going back to work at all after I have the baby. I’m worrying already about if people will still want to help me with two children and one being so young, my question is will I be able to manage not working? I’ve always worked since I was 17 years old. At the moment I manage fine with money, I get working tax and child tax and child benefit and housing benefit but I just don’t know if I’ll be able to manage if I don’t work at all. But it would just be so much easier then me having to try rely on people for childcare. And nursery fees won’t be cheap, I just don’t want to find myself miserable not working aswell. Being at home all the time I don’t want to go insane. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you

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