Nomsie I hope you find care for your children soon, it must be very stressful for you.
My house/life is seriously disorganised and I'm trying to run my own business (very part time work though) and recover from physical issues thanks to my pregnancy. I had a friend come a day every week or two until my dd was 18 weeks old so I could manage and now my kiddies spend time with my mum just so I can get stuff done. It's not that often cause my ds goes to Kinder 5 days a week and dd is still having lots of BF's a day.
But, I think occasional care, family assistance, etc is perfect for this. It can be no care for weeks when you don't need it and more often when you do need it (eg. lots of appointments, trying to paint the house, etc).
I have jasper in daycare because he'd been going for a year when I was studying and then working, we've had baby and I'm (trying to) study part time from home, I've got her enrolled to start in January so I can either complete study in a class room or get back to part time work.So yeah right now jasper in in daycare part time while I am a full time sahm. I've gone over the choice to leave him in care but I don't want to disrupt him and I can't do ANY study if he's home, least I can do some here and there around katelyn.
Yup, did it from shortly after DS's first birthday till he started kinder. I have no guilt about it either - the two daycare centres he was in did actually contact me about changing days to make room for working parents.
Unfortunately the priority system only applies to wait lists - they don't actually ask parents who don't work to take their kids out or even change days. I'm sure it happens on rare occasions but not as standard.I can understand why parents do it one or two days a week. But if I have to resign my job because I can't put my kids into daycare (we have no family here) I would be really annoyed. Don't think any spots would be taken by SAHM's in my case though as our name is down for CBD centers.
No, we only use school age care because we have to. Ie we work. But perhaps with a school aged child it's easier to get things done. Not sure...
I have put one of mine into while I was a SAHM on the advice of her pead. I had friend had hers in a daycare for respite when she had bad PND, another while she recovered after a bad car crash, yet another while she was caring for her dying child.
Just because you are a SAHM doesn't mean that you shouldn't use this service and should be made to feel like scum because you taking a place from a working mum.
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