Worried about searching for a job and leaving my one year old..

Courtney - posted on 07/16/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi,
I am twenty one years old and as of right now, I am a stay at home mother on maternity leave. My partner is working twelve hour shifts and has a great job but cannot afford everything by himself because our rent is so high.. My maternity leave runs out in a couple of months and I am trying to find out if I can get some funding to go back to school and get myself a career. I am worried though because I do not have a high school diploma to show for because I dropped out back when I was in school due to family troubles when I lived with my parents at the time..
I was told I could apply as a Mature Student because I am twenty one years old but I do not know if they fund for Mature Students or if its just high school they fund for.. If I can't get funded to go back I can't go back to school and I will need to search for a job because I do not have a job to go back to. Another big problem is I am worried about trying to find a sitter if I do get a job and leaving my one year old son... I want to be home with him, I have even tried thinking of stay at home jobs to do but I cannot think of any but babysitting... I do not know what to do and I am overwhelmed with stress.. Does anyone have any suggestions for me or have you been in this situation?
Thanks!

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Gina - posted on 07/16/2012

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I hear ya! but if you do the math you may find that by staying home with your child you may actually be helping him save money. If you go back to work, paying for a sitter, or a childcare center may be counterproductive, (considering the high cost of daycare),unless you qualify for subsidized care. Getting a job entails wear and tear on your vehicle, gas money, clothing, makeup, lunch etc. as well, so once you subtract all that from a paycheck it's usually not worth the trouble and grief of leaving your little one behind. So I think it's safer to stick to your plan to go back and finish school instead, first concentrate on getting your High School diploma, it's usually faster and cheapest to do this at your local adult school, they can then direct you to places where you can get more info on grants, tuition assistance etc.



As far as making money from home, maybe look into taking some courses where you can get a certificate or license (community colleges and trade schools are good for this). My friend got a cosmetology certificate, she has since put it to use by making visiting clients at their homes, she does their hair/make-up etc for special occassions and makes good money doing it! she gets new clients all the time thru referrals/word of mouth. Maybe you can try something similar, like photography, massage therapy, esthetician (they do facials etc.), or if you like office work offer your service at a doctor's or attorney's office, they often need receptionist/staff that can work from home or on weekends. I hope this helps and good luck!

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