My husband is in the construction industry. For the last 5 years he has averaged working 8 months of the year. We have a mortgage and I’m thankful as I’m sure if we rented we wouldn’t of been able to pay our rent, you can always defer a mortgage payment.
I look after the children and go to work at night. With two children it would cost us $140 a day for childcare. I don’t think I would make that much a day. It just seems to be very limited help available for the ‘average’ family when times get tough.
We eat very basic meals. Some nights are spaghetti with a tin of diced tomatoes a total of $1.49 & then I can spread that over two nights.. One night a week I don’t eat, add it up over one month & there is a meal for four..
My children always have yoghurt, cheese, formula, fruit & veg, they always come first.
Yes, I’ll admit I have thought of leaving my hubby as the single mums I know always have money, discounts, their children play sports, they do work full time but pay $11 a day for childcare and then a few give the children to their fathers & they have weekends free where they can go to dinner & drinks..
How I do envy these women, my friends & family at times.. But then, I look at my hubby and despite times being tough I still love him. It’s not his fault of the industry. When he works, he works hard long hours. He’s an incredible father with such love for his children and their love for him. So the answer is no, I wouldn’t leave him. We’re in this together as a family & eventually things will turn for the better.
Posted by zara ballet, 20th April 2013