I am finding it very difficult to work and take care of my family. Every day there seems to be something that might arise in regards to my child on the spectrum whether it be behavioral or appointments or something else. For those of you that don't work how do you do it? Or if you do work how to you manage that.
As a single mother, most days I went to bed feeling like I couldn't handle one more day. But its just that, one more day and one day at a time. It helped that I had a great understanding employer because I missed a LOT of work. You can do this one day at a time.
I understand. It is a difficult situation. Thankfully, your work is understanding of your situation and allows you to take care of your family's needs. There are others who are not so fortunate.
There is also respite care, although that pertains to having your children taken care of while you work and not necessarily to your current issue. However, it is worthwhile being aware of.
We make to much to qualify, but yet live paycheck to paycheck and by all means do not have anything extravagant. I wish there were more help for the people willing to work
I completely relate to having work be your source of adult conversation and interaction. Are you doing anything else for yourself? It is so important to take time out of your schedule to do things for YOU. Our children deserve happy, healthy parents. We need to keep aware of our own mental health so that we may be the most beneficial to our children. Have you tried applying for benefits? This could allow you to work part time and have your income supplemented by the government.
We both work. Grandma kindly relocated to the area to help us (we live far from everyone) and we pay her like we would a nanny. She does so much, taking him to therapy every day is huge! Regular daycare is hard for Max and the provider. We balance days off for appointments and such so we don't eat too much out of our schedule. If Grammy hadn't moved down, I'd probably have become a SAHM and worked part-time to help keep the bills in check.