So my husband lost his job around 10 months ago now. He was made redundant as the place he commercially cleaned at was moving interstate. Hubby was devastated and moped around the house for months.

Despite searching, the job market was poor. It was hard, on us as a family, I really don’t make a large income working full time and he was making almost as much as me working as a casual. We had to cut back on a LOT of things, find ways to save everywhere. So weekends became free, packed lunches and playgrounds, I bought second hand school uniforms, let the second cars rego run out and we pulled my youngest son out of child care to save. It is actually amazing what you can do when you have to. We survived.

Hubby had been a little happier in the last couple of months because his job search was looking up, he had actually made it to the interview stage for two jobs. Then last week we received a call we had been waiting for for 10 months, he was getting the job (well almost, he has to complete one week as a trial to see if he fits the position).

So here I am, I have one week until he has his trial, a full week mind you. He starts at 7am and I start at 8am. I have to try and work out how to get my son to childcare and my daughter to school, hubby to work and me to work all with one car. I feel like a chicken with its head cut off. I am floundering, excited but stressed.

I managed to find a childcare that has spots available last minute (I know a miracle right!). They also happen to be associated with an out of school hours service that has a bus to drop kids off to school, I just have to ensure they are able to take my daughter. Now its a matter of trying to sort this work arrangement out when we both are working in completely different directions to each other.

Stressful, but…..


Posted by lepumpkinhead, 24th June 2015

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  • If the OSHC is able to take one of your children they may be willing to accept your other one. Can one of you drop the other one off at a bus stop? Some childcare centres open fairly early. Check how early they open? Are you allowed to drop your daughter off at the childcare for her to go on the bus? If not do you know another Mum who could help you by taking your daughter to school for you?


  • yay a man that wants to work. can be depressing without work


  • Congratulations hubby on finding a new job, the job market is so hard to find success in nowadays. Fingers crossed for you that things keep looking up for you all, well done for not losing hope and not giving up :)


  • Congratulations! Hope it all gets easier now!


  • congratulations for him. Also fantastic you managed to get some placements for the kids.


  • Congratulations! have faith that the rest will work out; together you can do anything!


  • Wow, sounds like you have really coped with this difficult phase really well. You should be proud of your family. Many would crumble in times like this, but sounds like you did what you needed to to get through. All the best with the job trial, I hope it all works out for you.


  • congratulations


  • Also; your other transport issues and organisational issues will work out.


  • Awesome news! Sounds like it meant to be!


  • yes! i bet that he feels validated as a person and a man!


  • First off CONGRATULATIONS HUBBY.. I am so happy for you all and will be praying things look even brighter and life is on its way UP for all of you.
    Think positive and I am sure all transport and hic-ups will work out well.


  • Congratulations! good news for you and your family.


  • Congratulations! I bet it’ll get easier after a few weeks.


  • My poor Dad is stuck in this position as we speak..It is so hard but we all help out. I hope soon I will have a success story like yours!

    • Best wishes for your dad. Hopefully everything will turn out good!


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