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    My sister is a nurse, with a fifo hubby...they have a live-in au pair. Because they have to provide food/accomm for the au pair, the cost is not as much a people assume it would be. My sister struggled working full time shift work with 2 primary school-aged kids so now works part time.

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    I'm a nurse and about to return to work. I am very fortunate in that my Nanna and dad and step mum have offered to help. I've figured out the perfect combo:

    Thursday pm: Nanna stays with DD for 4 hours until DP gets home
    Friday pm: step mum for 4 hours
    Saturday am: dad and step mum until DP gets home
    Every second Sunday night shift (DP has Monday's off)

    Doing it this way means I get maximum time with DD without resulting to full time night shift. Night shift kills my soul

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    Quote Originally Posted by emma26 View Post
    I'm jealous that most of you have family to help you out. I have no one besides hubby and my mother in law, who takes care of my three kids 1 day per fortnight ....which she only ever has the 3 of them for a few hours due to them being at school. I'm very grateful of my mother in law, but she does make me feel really bad about not being a stay at home mum. She always compares me to how she raised her children. Hubby and i have to both work full time to live comfortable. I did work part time before getting this new job, so I'm feeling very guilty that i no longer spend as much time with my children as i used too.

    I work full time - rotational shift work - and never the same days each week. I do get 3 month rosters, so I can plan things in advance.

    I have my children in family daycare 3 days per fortnight and the rest of the days my children are in a centre. I'm very lucky that the local centre are working around my 3 monthly rosters rather than have them booked in each day of the week JUST INCASE, i need that day for the following week,

    Its hard, but it works for us.....and that's all that matters
    Go back to a year and a half ago and I had literally no support. I still have to put my child to bed, make dinner unless mum is over because my dad is useless, do homework etc. I don't have a partner who can help out. I get barely any sleep because everything falls onto me 100% of the time. I don't spend much time with my son because of how things have worked out with me working nights. I can't go back to morning or even afternoon shift as they are not family friendly hours. If I did morning shift, I would be late for work because we would have to leave home at 5:30am for the bus and then wait til 6:30 for them to open which morning shift starts at 6:30am. Afternoon shift, I would never see my son ever apart from in the morning before school.

    We all do what we have to do and if that means you and your husband have to work full time, so be it. I have just done 5 out of 6 nights, will have tonight off and then back at work for 6 nights straight. It doesn't seem fair but it's just how it goes.

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    When pregnant with DD2 I worked and afternoon (1-930pm) I leave at 12 and my mum or duster has DD1 until DH picked her up 330pm

    Then I worked a 12 hour day Saturday or Sunday. I used to work Saturday night shift 12 hours but I hate it!

    When I go back to work I will do a late shift week day then a late or early shift (8hrs) either Saturday or Sunday with the view to increase it to a 12 hour day on the weekend.

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    Set shifts/ days times etc and set daycare days. Its only hubby and I, no family help and his job requires longer hours etc so I work 8-4ish 2 days a week + a Saturday shift. We have 3 children, 1 in school, younger 2 in childcare

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    My shifts are 12 hours (7-7 days and nights) so the only way we can work it is for him to forgo his monthly ADO and go in late/finish early on the days I work. We are lucky his work allow him to be flexible so he can do the school/childcare drop off & pick up.

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    I'm a nurse& going back to work in 5 weeks. I'll be going back at 0.6, so 48 hours per fortnight. I can pick up extra hours if I like. Hubby works for himself from home. Fortnight one I'll be doing 6 x afternoon shifts & fortnight 2 I'll do 4 x nights & 1 x afternoon.

    I'm lucky that I get to pick my roster & shifts.


 

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