I have a new job but the kids have too many non-school days

Kesharee - posted on 03/04/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I moved to another city to get away from all of the crime in Chicago with my two children. I live in a haven house right now with strict rules. I am starting a new job this week and I will ask for hours in which my kids are in school but my kids go to a catholic school that I love but they have so many random days out that I am sure will conflict with my work schedule. I don't know anyone in this new city so I have no babysitter. The only person I am comfortable with is another girl who lives in this haven house with me but the rules here don't allow us to watch each others kids and she just had her own child less than a month ago. I really want and need this job so I can get an apartment for me and my two girls and also to pay for my tuition next semester which I am so eager to start. I just don't know what to do with my kids in this situation. I just want and need this to work out I want to get things moving with our new life but as life goes there's always gonna be obstacles. I'm usually good at making a way out of no way but right now I'm stumped HELP

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You are not the first person to face this problem.

Is there anyone in the haven house that you can talk to? Many programs that run haven houses also have programs to help mothers with childcare. If they do not have such a program themselves, they can refer you to programs that will help either through subsidizing childcare or providing it directly.

Also, talk to your school. Catholic schools often have day camps for children of working parents to attend when school is out. You do usually have to pay for them, but if you explain your situation to them, they will very likely allow your children to attend for free as a charity. As you know, charitable giving and support to the poor are very important to the Catholic community.

Also, a lot of places that offer after school care also offer day camps for children of working parents for school holidays, and these are often open even to children who do not regularly attend the after school programs. You will have to pay for these, but the cost for a day should be less than you earn in a day. Even if it costs as much as you make that day, it is still a good investment because you get to keep your job. Check local dance, gymnastics, and martial arts schools, as well as art, history, and science museums.

Danielle - posted on 03/15/2013

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I agree with everything posted so far. I'd add that you might trying getting involved in the PTO and see if there are any kids your girls get along with well. If you make a point to meet their new friends' parents, you could explain to them your situation and ask if the girls could stay with them that day. Maybe even offer to give them some $ for their troubles and to show your appreciation. If you aren't comfortable approaching the other parents like this, ask the school office/counselor for assistance. Good luck!

Kate - posted on 03/07/2013

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Talk to the school and the staff at the haven house- you are not the first mom to face this problem (public schools have inservice days too :D) they should be able to guide you in the right direction.

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Beth - posted on 03/12/2013

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Try to get familiar with your surroundings. Talk to other people in your haven house and know the systems there. I am sure within few days, you will get yourself adjusted to that situation well.

Kesharee - posted on 03/07/2013

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Im sure im not the first to face this situation which is y i am relieved to be apart of a social circle of mothers experienced in different phases of motherhood & are able to give & receive advice....Thanks ladies! :)

Kesharee - posted on 03/07/2013

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The public schools HERE don't have nearly as many random days out as the private schools. But i do appreciate your sugestion. Thankies:,)

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