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Anyone *not* have family help out with childcare?

  1. Megatherium

    grape / 87 posts

    All grandparents live far away, but when we visit my mom she is happy to look after him. She watched him for a week this summer while we during AND he had an ear infection. My sister is also pretty great at watching him.

    I don't know if my in-laws are those kind of grandparents and I wouldn't feel comfortable asking.

    My mom is a nurse and we are super close. I trust her more than anyone.

  2. MenagerieMama

    pear / 1547 posts

    No help. All family is across the country (and takes 2 flights) so we're on our own. We just some help when they visit though, but it's not often.

  3. mrsrain

    nectarine / 2115 posts

    @MenagerieMama: same here. We are, at best, 10 hours of air travel from family. 🙁

  4. erinbaderin

    pomelo / 5500 posts

    Not on a regular basis. My parents are 3.5 hours away and while they will and have drop everything and come in an emergency I try not to ask them. Sometimes they'll come for a visit and we'll take the opportunity to leave the kids with them and go to a movie. And my in-laws live in England.

  5. looch

    wonderful pear / 26210 posts

    I had no help the first two years of my son's life...my inlaws were about an hour away by car, but my mother in law doesn't drive and both inlaws still work. I did have a bit of a break when I would go over to their home for the weekend (my husband would come Friday night or Saturday morning, depending on his workload) but it's not being in your own house. We had a very part time nanny, four hours a week, beginning from when my son was about 4 months old. Other than that, I was majorly on my own and I struggled.

  6. matador84

    papaya / 10560 posts

    I have a 4 year old and 2 year old have not had any help since having kids. Recently, one of my parents moved to town and it has been absolutely AMAZING to have someone to call to have help! Like completely life changing!!

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