My in laws are too busy looking after SIL's 3 kids to even visit mine so no help there.
My mum would be there in a flash if I asked for help but it's very rare that I do ask.
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08-03-2016 21:36 #11
08-03-2016 21:38 #12
My mum and step dad will help whenever I ask them to. But I have to ask, they never offer. They live 15 min from us.
The rest of our family is interstate and I probably wouldn't be comfortable leaving the kids with most of them.
08-03-2016 21:38 #13Senior Member
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My MIL is interstate so no. But my Mum does regularly. Her and my Dad won't do a regular arrangement which is fair enough but will help out with minding one or 2 kids (I have 3) if I have an appointment or want to be class helper or something. I try to make it when the kids are napping. My Mum will also come over in the evening when the kids are in bed and mind them (she doesn't have to do anything!) - she thinks it's important for us to have couple time out occasionally!
08-03-2016 21:39 #14
No because my parents live about 45min away and don't drive. The in laws work.
We pretty much do it on our own without any family help.
08-03-2016 21:44 #15Senior Member
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My parents live too far away but they are close to my brothers and help them out.
IL's live close and we do ask them but I don't like to because I know how they talk about sil behind her back so I'd rather not give them the chance.
08-03-2016 21:46 #16
My parents help me out due to me working night shift. My dad hates looking after kiddo Wednesday to Friday night though. My mum watches kiddo every Saturday and every second Sunday as I pick up that night at work. My nana also watches kiddo every second Tuesday when I have to work.
I do everything else by myself though. I am lucky that mum will help with the house work when she is here so I can sleep if I manage to. Kiddo isn't home for half the week at times but it's working out ok so far for us.
If I am lucky to not have to work the Saturday night when mum is here, I try to make plans with friends but that's happened only once in the last few months.
08-03-2016 21:48 #17Senior Member
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For those with kids, do u get much help from ur parents?
No. My parents live 5 minutes away and work full time. They know I've struggled A LOT since DD was born. At first they laughed when I said I was struggling. They don't offer to help, I don't bother asking.
ETA : DH has no family here so no help on that side either.
ETA X 2: DD is 8 months old. DH and I have never had the opportunity to go out alone without DD since she was born. That doesn't bother me. But things like I have a specialist appointment this week and weekly physio appointments due to a serious injury and I have no one to help so I have to take her with me with no help which is difficult as she gets grumpy half way through my appointments most of the time. I'm so stressed about my specialist appointment and hoping DD is calm and happy to sit in her Pram, again, while I'm having my appointment 😔 that's where help would be handy for me.
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08-03-2016 21:52 #18
Yes. Both my parents and in laws help out. We live interstate from them but they visit regularly and when we visit them, they babysit too.
They also both have offered to mind the kids for school holidays.
08-03-2016 21:59 #19
We rarely have help,my MIL is soooo willing, but works long hours in the week (8.30am-7.30pm) so cant help out during the week. On the weekend she would definitely babysit no problems, we probably ask her maybe once a month for a couple of hours. My family it really muat be an emergency if they will help - not just for time out to ourselves.
08-03-2016 22:02 #20
No help from my mum and dad as they live 1.5 hours away. My mum is confined to a motorised wheelchair due to her disease. My dad is 76 and driving this far is getting too much for him and our house just isn't disabled friendly for my mum to stay longer than a day. My mum would love to be able to help out but she's just not physically capable.
My in laws live overseas so no help from them.
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