My struggle as a single mom

Earlene - posted on 05/10/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Life as a single mom here in the North is making me take a job out of town away from my kids. Now I have to find a live-in babysitter. I have my 19 year old home until school starts back, but I don't wanna put too much on her. Anyone know what I should pay for a nanny in Atlanta with 2 kids under the age of 10? How do you moms feel about me taking this job out of town to feed my babies???? I notice here people look at you different, and treat you different when you are not the Joneses. I am from Florida been here in Atlanta for 5 years with no family or support its been really hard. comments, and suggestions........?

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Ledia - posted on 05/10/2015

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I live about an hour and a half outside of Atlanta GA, and I have several friends who live in Atalanta proper. I've never asked them how much they pay their nannies, but I do understand nannies in the city cost a little more than what we pay out here in suburbia.

I have one child, and we employed a live in nanny during his toddler years. We paid $21,600k/year ($1,800 per month) plus room and board. (She had a bedroom, private sitting room, and full private bathroom, and ate breakfast and dinner with us--I'd pay more if you are only offering a bedroom with shared sitting and bath or not offering meals). I gave her $100/week for lunch and activities with my son that were not prepaid (He is an only child, so I wanted to make sure he was socialized.) She had a BS degree in early childhood education, 11 years experience teaching elementary school, and 6 years experience as a live in nanny with only 2 other families.

So we paid more for our nanny because of her qualifications, but we paid less because we are well outside the metro area. You have to figure out what is important to you, and focus on that--where you want to splurge and where you can trim corners. If an educational background is not important, you could consider hiring an Au pair instead of a nanny. The could offer a lot in terms of cultural education.....this is an especially good option if your children are receiving academic instruction elsewhere already.

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Ledia - posted on 05/10/2015

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As for taking the job outside of town, don't let anyone get you down about it. It is your decision!

Obviously, you could find a job in Atlanta that would keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, but if working away affords them finer things and improves the QUALITY of the time you spend with them, then I think it is fine. Besides, you can bring them with you in the summer time...My son and I often travel with my husband when school is out.

When my son was little and we had the nanny, I could have cared for him all by myself, but my time with him would have been stressful, and my attention always divided between him and my work--never completely focused on my son. With the nanny, I could completely focus on my work during the day, so I could finish my work by dinner time, then completely focus on my son until bedtime. I feel we are more strongly bonded because I truly focused on being with him when I was with him, rather than just having him around while I worked, and always working because of constant interruptions that come with watching a child.

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