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Serious question... Squeaky McGee [20 wks] Due May 7 (boy); 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 66690 posts
status 14th Jun '13

Meow?

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
14th Jun '13

I live on disability. It's hard but we get by. I'm hoping to go back to work within the year.

Dr. Elliot Reid ; 1 child; New Zealand 8956 posts
14th Jun '13

In NZ a solo mum gets a pretty good benefit/welfare. I think it encourages some to be solo mums, not saying all, I mean, im glad its there for those that need it... but I definitely think it gets taken advantage of alot.

Squeaky McGee [20 wks] Due May 7 (boy); 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 66690 posts
status 14th Jun '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" I live on disability. It's hard but we get by. I'm hoping to go back to work within the year."


Oh, okay. Sorry to pry, but are you able to work with your condition?

Squeaky McGee [20 wks] Due May 7 (boy); 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 66690 posts
status 14th Jun '13
Quoting Elliot Reid:" In NZ a solo mum gets a pretty good benefit/welfare. I think it encourages some to be solo mums, not ... [snip!] ... not saying all, I mean, im glad its there for those that need it... but I definitely think it gets taken advantage of alot."


Wow, must be nice!



It's so different in America. It's almost like they want us away from our babies as soon as and as much as possible.

homes cool Due August 1; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 61627 posts
14th Jun '13

I know two people who stay at home & are single....well, only one is a fully SAHM, the other works nights & homeschools during the day. :shock: No clue how she does it. The other lost her husband & has wisely invested some of the life insurance money and lives off of it.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:" Oh, okay. Sorry to pry, but are you able to work with your condition?"


Not technically. But I'm trying really hard. I'm going to start volunteering on a more regular basis to see if I can handle working. It's going to be a slow process.



I don't have to try. I'm on disability for life. But I don't want to be!

Squeaky McGee [20 wks] Due May 7 (boy); 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 66690 posts
status 14th Jun '13
Quoting homes cool:" I know two people who stay at home & are single....well, only one is a fully SAHM, the other works ... [snip!] ... how she does it. The other lost her husband & has wisely invested some of the life insurance money and lives off of it. "


Oh, wow. That would be hard. :(

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26 (boy); 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
14th Jun '13

In aus as a single mother with one child I got about 1100 a fortnight. It's enough to get by.



But I got a job so I could support myself an my daughter adequately and not have to go without, within reason.



Also single mothers get a lot more help with childcare. As a single mother I only had to pay ten cents per hours for care, so $1 per day. I now pay $750 a fortnight she goes 4 days a week

Squeaky McGee [20 wks] Due May 7 (boy); 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 66690 posts
status 14th Jun '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" Not technically. But I'm trying really hard. I'm going to start volunteering on a more regular basis ... [snip!] ... can handle working. It's going to be a slow process. I don't have to try. I'm on disability for life. But I don't want to be!"


If you start working, will you lose your disability or are you allowed to work a limited amount of hours and still maintain disability? I know that my dad is on disability, but he's still able to earn a certain amount of money per month.

homes cool Due August 1; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 61627 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:" Oh, wow. That would be hard. :("


I can't even begin to imagine. She made smart choices though, I think. She's going to school online and doesn't plan on staying home forever, only until her youngest is in school full time.

Squeaky McGee [20 wks] Due May 7 (boy); 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 66690 posts
status 14th Jun '13
Quoting Onalee's Mummy:" In aus as a single mother with one child I got about 1100 a fortnight. It's enough to get by. But I ... [snip!] ... single mother I only had to pay ten cents per hours for care, so $1 per day. I now pay $750 a fortnight she goes 4 days a week"


What on earth is a fortnight, lol?

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26 (boy); 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
14th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:</b>" Wow, must be nice! It's so different in America. It's almost like they want us away from our babies as soon as and as much as possible."</blockquote>




I couldn't believe that you get so little maternity leave from your employer! Don't you only get like.... 6 weeks in total?

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26 (boy); 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
14th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:</b>" What on earth is a fortnight, lol?"</blockquote>
Oh sorry, a fortnight is two weeks. I think you say bi monthly?

Squeaky McGee [20 wks] Due May 7 (boy); 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 66690 posts
status 14th Jun '13
Quoting Onalee's Mummy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:</b>" Wow, must be nice! It's so different ... [snip!] ... I couldn't believe that you get so little maternity leave from your employer! Don't you only get like.... 6 weeks in total?"


Yeah, that's all I had with my daughter. My current employer originally told me I could have 4 weeks off, but I'm taking 8 off.