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    Default Single Mum - confused and torn....work part time or full time?

    Hi all. I recently relocated to the Gold Coast from interstate. I am a single mum of a 2 yo. I need to go back to work but I'm torn. If I work full time I worry about not having enough time with bubs....and also whether I'm better off working full time and losing my centrelink payments...or working part time and keep some of them. Part time appeals to me more as it means more time with LJ, however in order to make a good life for us, the more income the better. So confused! I don't receive any child support from her father either. Any advice or experiences would be greatly appreciated.

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    I am a single mum and have been since day dot. I always worked part time as I always wanted that time with ds. We did struggle a bit but always got by and now that he's older I work four days a week and we manage fine. I don't regret it. Life is so short. I got child support payments only now and then.

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    If I were you I'd opt for part time to start with and then increase your hours if you need to.

    It's tough juggling work/family commitments.

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    Personally I would rather spend time with my kids while they're at home and still so young. There's plenty of time to work fulltime, when they're a bit older like school age.

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    Hey I'm a single mum to 2. I find it's actually better for me to work part time financially anyway. If I went back full time I would no longer receive extremely cheap child care. Once my youngest is in school I'll go back full time as it will be better financially then.

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    Thanks for your replies I agree with you all. The fact that I get anxious about not having this precious time with her if I work full time probably tells me exactly what I should do. I've also been the sole parent since the beginning. Had an amazing job where I was before that would basically let me pick my own hours as I'd been with them full time for over a decade before I had missy moo. The move was necessary for our safety but the job situation sucks lol.

    Thanks again x

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluckcluck View Post
    If I were you I'd opt for part time to start with and then increase your hours if you need to.

    It's tough juggling work/family commitments.
    Yeah I'm hoping to be lucky enough to find a job that will allow me to do this if need be.

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    I hope you find something. In my limited experience most workplaces seem to be fairly family friendly. That's the case for me and dh anyway.

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    Coming from an only child of a single mum who worked as much as she could, I would say definitely opt for part time if it is feasible for you. While she was able to buy a house by the time I was young I knew my FDC family better than her.

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    I'm on the Gold Coast too. Do you know many people here?

    I'm a single mum with a 2 and 3yo, I work 4 days a week and have my own business on the side. My kids also spend a lot of time with their dad, so I really do feel I miss that time with them.

    I'd rather only work 2-3 days a week, but I don't qualify for SPP, so I'd be financially ruined.

    I agree with PPs, go PT and ease yourself into more work gradually as your baby gets older.

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