Wednesday 7 December 2016

Au pairs are the only childcare option for the squeezed middle

Published 14/03/2016 | 02:30

'The whole au pair experience has opened our eyes to other cultures' (picture posed)
'The whole au pair experience has opened our eyes to other cultures' (picture posed)

Recently I have new-found respect and admiration for my widowed mother. As the second-youngest of six children I've been asking, "How did she do it and keep sane at the same time". I am a man in his 30s with two small children under two years of age and am just about holding it together. My mother provided an answer: she was a hard-working housewife.

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Looking back over the last couple of years, I only wish somebody had sat both myself and my wife down and explained the ups and downs that having children can bring in a little more detail.

We have two lovely children who bring a lot of happiness but it can be tough going with both of us working. Maybe if we had known we wouldn't have buried ourselves in so much debt and purchased a house that is now in negative equity. We both now have no choice but to continue to work.

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