Thursday 19 October 2017

Au pairs are the only childcare option for the squeezed middle

'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)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

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.

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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