Babysitting Problem

Alysha - posted on 07/25/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My fiance and I both work to make ends meet. Unfortunately we are just making it and do not have the extra money for a babysitter or daycare. We rely on my mother in law but she isn't too reliable. I understand that this is not her child and she is older so sometimes its hard for her to handle a 16 month old. My fiance and I do not have set schedules for work and therefor have over lapping times. For the past few months I have started to feel like my son would have been better off had I placed him for adoption. Have other moms felt like this? What would you do in this case?

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Ev - posted on 07/26/2016

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Alysha--Do not give up. We all struggle to make ends meet at times even with kids in the family and having to work around daycare and other costs. Why can you guys not find jobs with opposite shifts so that one is home with him and the other is at work and then switch? A lot of people do this all the time.

LastAcorn99 - posted on 07/25/2016

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Aww…I’m sorry you’re feeling this way, Alysha. I know it’s a tough struggle, but you’re doing the best you can for your baby, and he has the best mom in you. Be open to seek help from loved ones and friends. Sending you hugs!

Alysha - posted on 07/25/2016

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We both work part time but sometimes will work 40 hours a week. We've been applying to full time jobs and anything else, even if it means working two jobs. I relied on a full time job that I lost when my son was 4 months old. I've looked at state help but supposedly we make too much. It's more so the feeling I have that my son would be better off with a different family that gets to me. I end up feeling guilty.

Dove - posted on 07/25/2016

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Is there any way you can look at the budget to cut things out to be able to afford childcare? Or maybe look for jobs w/ more of a set schedule and work opposite shifts?

If you are both working full time and only affording the bare necessities and still can't afford childcare... you may qualify for some temporary government assistance while you work to get stabilized.

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