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Very lucky to have a large circle of support from my immediate and extended family who live fairly close by. I have older kids and one has significant medical issues and needs constant supervision from a responsible adult. Hoping ndis comes through soon so I can ease the load on family a bit.
My family up until I moved interstate then I found a group of women from my sons prep and they became my village. Do much easier finding your village when you are a Sahm. Really difficult for working mums.
Hubby & I get before And after school care help from my dad for our youngest. Other than that we are on our own. Sometimes in the school holidays my sister will have youngest for a night or 2.
‘Villages’ are for rich white people.
My MIL babysitters probably once a month. My husband looks after the kids on Thursday nights while I play netball. Other then that I'm on my own. The joys of marrying a work-a-holic.
My sister and my best friend.
They can't provide much physical support (one lives far away and the other is very busy with little ones herself), but the emotional support they provide is awesome.
We always chat about parenting issues and behavioural issues with our children.
It really does help with putting things into perspective and trouble shooting when you have people to talk to that are going through similar things.
Me by myself until I met my other half 4 years ago. He doesn't really help me parent but just having a male figure in the house helps heaps and he does provide a bit of guidance. My family have always lived interstate, my mother went 5 years without seeing me and in that time I had 3 babies, so I'm not up there on anyones list of priorities for giving help.
My mum and my mother in law. I'm very lucky that they are available and love helping out. Also that they get along well with me and each other.
My partner and I.... I would love to have a village :(