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      I’ve continued to work full time since my seperation 10 months ago however, my boss has recently increased my hours and that together with a 45 minute commute each way to work it’s just not leaving much quality time for my 2 yr old son and me after meals, getting ready for bed or childcare and just enough time for a quick story time. Is this just how single mum life is going to be? Or is it possible for us to manage if I went for a part time role? I worry about how would I pay rent food bills etc on part time. Though I do get centrelink support I don’t know how nuch that would change on part time. Ex contributes a small monthly amount but and childcare is a must as I have no family around me to help. Just curious what others have done to make it work? I know I have to work but I dont want to lose sight of the bigger picture, that my son needs me now more in these crucial early years.

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      I think it depends on your goals. If you are saving for something like a forever home for you and your son it is worth getting your head down and working long hours for a bit. However, if you would like a better lifestyle and money is not a huge issue then go part time and budget more strictly. I have done both at different times.

    • #59831 Reply
      Lucy GoodLucy Good
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      Also, I will add that in my experience you are better being home and available when they are teens more than when they are younger … but that is just my experience .. teenagers need you more.

    • #59859 Reply
      Lucy GoodLucy Good
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      I agree here, it depends on a lot of factors that are personal to you. For example, how much can you earn part time and what are your overheads. It’s a double edged sword as if you work less you have more family time if you work more you have less family time but more money. If your son has some issues and needs you around more then go part time, remember that you can never get back these years.

    • #59972 Reply
      Lucy GoodLucy Good
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      I found it was enough survive but we had to forgo the little luxuries and be super careful with money. It was worth to be present in my daughters life though.

    • #59977 Reply
      Lucy GoodLucy Good
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      f as in same situ

    • #59987 Reply
      Lucy GoodLucy Good
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      Depend on your pay and your living costs. If you can manage it good for you, very much wish that I could. I would to work part time and spend more time with my kids being a present mum.

    • #60048 Reply
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