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    Heaps! We are so very lucky when I was at work 2 days DD had one day with my parents and one with ILs. Now I'm on maternity leave she still spends one morning a week with each set of grandparents, or they mind DS while I do something with her. We also go over to their place a lot, just for a change of scenery and company for me.
    I truly appreciate everything they do for us

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    Yes we're very lucky, all of our parents live locally. MIL and my dad both do school pick ups (2&3 days) and watch the kids til I'm home from work. Both my parents and MIL have the kids over for a sleepover once every couple of months or if we have a party or something to go to. They watch the kids on school holidays as well. Very lucky.

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    No.

    I can't even get any emotional support from my parents. They don't even call to say hello or ask how I am.. Let alone practical help by minding the children. I never hear from my ex inlaws at all.

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    For the first seven years we had support occasionally for an appointment or the odd night out. The kids never did sleepovers (still don't) but we felt very supported. The past few years have been a different story. I'm studying midwifery fulltime so my mum is basically 'on call' for me so to speak. I am so lucky to have that, I wouldn't be able to do it without her

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    Yes so much. If they passed away I would be so lost and a wreck. Maybe I rely on them too much in my life really!

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    We live away from our parents so don't get any day to day support from them.

    They do make trips down for us when needed. For example my in laws stayed for over a month to look after DD last year while her carer went on holidays.

    We have a close group of friends who look after DD if we need to go into the closest city (2.5hrs away) or in desperate need for a night out. We would be lost without them!

    DH & I take turns going out with friends once a fortnight so we get a chance to unwind and be people again and not just Mum and Dad.

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    My mother lives about 1.5hrs away in no traffic... and works full-time. She will have DD overnight if requested and she can, but it's not like I can just call on her last minute unless it's an absolute emergency.

    My father lives overseas with what I consider to be his child-bride (her started seeing her JUST after her 18th birthday... that's what he says anyway), being a selfish twit. I wouldn't think to entrust my child to him even if he lived next door.

    My ILs are not my daughter's grandparents biologically (their son has been in my daughter's life, as my partner, since she was 3. She's 11 this year) and my MIL in particularly enjoys reminding us of this is ever we ask for help (it'd only be a last minute favour like collecting her from daycare cos we're stuck in traffic and can't get there before after school care closes).

    So we do get help - but minimal.


 

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