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I am very fortunate that i work in an industry where i can take up to 2 years Maternity Leave. I have so far been on Mat Leave for 19months now and whilst we are doing ‘ok’ financially, to really be ok i need to return to work. here in lies the problem, hubby is a shift worker and so am I, had i been in a ‘normal’ profession i could return to work with no problems of how to manage childcare and lets face it how many of us have family that can watch our kids everyday while we are at work??

So to be able to have a regular income and take my bouncing ‘not so baby anymore’ boy to and from childcare i need flexibility. I’m not asking much and i can still work the whole shift its just childcare is only open between 6.30am and 6.30pm and leaving an 18mth old child at home alone while mummy or daddy come home from work is just not an option. So what do i do?? Expect my current employer to bend to my needs and give me only certain hours or try and find a new job that is ‘regular hours’ ? simple some might say just get a new job. well i have been actively looking for work, anything at all that is close to home, i even got my forklift licence so that i have a whole new range of jobs open to me but still no luck. Hoping that ‘cultural diversity’ would help and warehouses would hire a woman still doesnt seem to be working.

Stay at home i hear people cry, its cruel to leave your kid in childcare when ur not happy about returning to the work force, but how do u keep your child fed and a roof over their heads without the little bit extra????


Posted by adele george, 17th April 2013


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  • My vote: WORK :)

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  • so what did you end up doing? working now?

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  • How did things turn out?

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  • for me it was the cost of child care that would break us. If i worked i lost the parenting payments . i lost the healthcare card and had to pay $80 for each kid a day at child care.. It wasn’t worth it at the moment. Child care is so expensive

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