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to be jealous of parents who get a break?

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TheLostWinchesterWife Fri 23-May-14 15:21:35

I have 3 children (my choice) DHs parents have b passed away and my parents show little enthusiasm for looking after the DCS. I in no way expect them to, as I said having 3 was my choice (andDHs) but when I see them looking after my DNs 3 days a week and babysitting I get upset. Then I get told by the majority of my friends that their kids stay at granny and grandpa's house at least once a week cos they are just worn out I grit my teeth and smile and nod.
I want to walk out sometimes but get on with it as we all have to. But I'd like to just scream!!!!

tiredbutstillsmiling Sun 25-May-14 14:10:39

I have no parents and DH only has his mother who we don't really like to take advantage of as she's elderly so would never have DD over night.

It's okay to want to have a break but jealousy is a bitter emotion. I suffered infertility and MC, I would rather have my hectic life with DD than be without her.

fredfredsausagehead1 Sun 25-May-14 14:07:20

I am In a similar situation only I have 4 dc, I cope by giving myself one Morn a week off completely, for me! Watch a film, read or go for a walk, and do t think about anyone else's life, it's theirs not yours!!!

Kewcumber Sun 25-May-14 14:00:37

Of course you can feel jealous that you feel your sister gets something you don't.

But as others have said, there are many people (single parents with pre-school children) who would jealous of you.

DS has no father so not even any moral support and no-one to earn the money whilst I did the childcare.

Of course being jealous that your mother seems to favour your sister over you is a different issue.

starlight1234 Sun 25-May-14 13:53:31

I am a single mum with no real family support .Ex does not bother with DS . I work when DS is at school so my only break is 1 1/2 hours a week when he is at Beavers but I am too shattered to do anything.

I resolved to get a baby sitter this year and have been out once this year and off out net month.

It is exhausting doing it on your own without any real support. I get it but take stock and see what you can do to improve your situation.

Cuteypatootey Sun 25-May-14 13:49:03

Yanbu. A friend recently asked me what my plans for summer are - am I taking a break? I didn't know that was an option! (It's not, I don't have help) I did envy a friend who I rang the other day - she was at the hairdresser. I felt really jealous. sad

HauntedNoddyCar Sun 25-May-14 13:39:52

What irks me is when people don't understand that we just don't have anyone we can leave the dc with for a weekend. So no we're not being precious when we say we can't both come on the boozy weekend away. We just don't have an alternative.

MyLatest Sun 25-May-14 13:35:25

YANBU. We have a similar situation with family. Both sets of GP live miles away but it would be nice if the closer set occasionally offered to give us a break. DH and I constantly seem to be working or looking after DS. The lack of couple time has put real pressure on our marriage.

IneedAwittierNickname Sun 25-May-14 13:26:17

Yanbu to feel how you feel, ime we can't help that.

I'm a single parent, my mum helps with childcare (for free) when I'm at work, that means she picks up/drops off/does overnights once or twice per week as I work shifts, none of which fit in with school hours.

My ex also has the dc most Sundays, and (supposedly) every other Saturday.

All of that, may look to someone on the outside that I am very lucky, I have lots of 'time to myself' (mostly spent doing housework/cooking/helping friends with childcare.

But I'm jealous too. I'm jealous of people who have secure loving relationships, I'm jealous of people who spend their weekends as a 'family' eg mum and dad. I'm jealous of people who don't have the other parent always bad mouthjng them, and threatening to go for full custody (or whatever the term is now)

Instead of dwelling on this, I try and look at what I HAVE got, rather than what I haven't smile

BrianButterfield Sun 25-May-14 13:21:50

It does annoy me a bit when people say "I don't know what I'd do without them!" though. SIL does this as lives near both sets of grandparents and so ends up with them trotting along to A & E with her etc. Well, what do you think we do? You just make it work. You don't NEED help from GPs, it just makes your life easier. Which is great but of course you could do it without them. It feels like your own life is being written off as shit drudgery because you're so unlucky to have no help.

ssd Sun 25-May-14 13:03:59

The trouble with never having a break is when you do eventually get time together with your dh you haven't a clue what to do!!!

Dh and I have had no family help and one night away in 16 yrs, not the kids are older we are more like pals then husband and wife as our relationship had had to come second to raising the kids....

CombineBananaFister Sat 24-May-14 20:25:02

Comparing yourself to others and how much help they get - there lies the road to insanity, but it is frustrating especially when those who do get so much support don't always appreciate it.

YANBU to want a break from your children, YABU to resent those who do but being human often means envy gets the better of us - especially if sleep deprivation is involved grin

It is hurtful though when GPs are willing to support one sibling and not another-it's unfair.

Also, with the greatest respect I don't think being a single parent means you automatically get less of a break/have less support, it entirely depends on the situation. Some get masses of family help.

Me and DH work opposite shifts and juggle childcare/work so get very little time together and can count on one hand the nights out we've had in 4yrs (2bdays,1 anniversary).
SIL is a single mum, works 2 days, has childcare 8-6pm mon-fri and GPs have DN fri and sat. Not saying who has it easier but being a single parent doesn't always mean worse off alone-timewise.

ocelot41 Sat 24-May-14 18:10:31

Oh gosh, I am! Those early years were bloody relentless. We have one set of GPs on the other side of the world and one set who are getting too old and frail (and are starting to need care themselves).

It would be soooooooo nice to have a night away with my DH just as a couple and to sleep. I do think people who have regular, friendly GP contact have a whole different experience.

But hey, I have friends who are single parents so I know I can't complain too much! They REALLY have it tough...

wonderingsoul Sat 24-May-14 17:50:01

Lol I once had a new.friend 'who didn't know my situation ' go on for a good 20 minutes about how lucky I.was, how she n.her.dh.never get a break and how nice it was I got to flog my kids of to their dad at the weekend.

Soon as she stopped ibtold her my kids don't see their dad at's not so wonderful and.I don't.have family support...

I get with a.dh who works different shifts can be hard but you have some one to look after the kids even if you have the day out.

wearyroad Sat 24-May-14 09:32:57

I really feel for parents who do it all alone, especially single parents. Its such a lonely slog. In an ideal world, we would all have family and friends who helped out. I know my life would be very different if I didnt have my mum about.

If i were you, i'd look into a babysitter. Even once a month, for a few hours, to give you and your DH a meal out or just for you to go and have a coffee and read a book and relax for a few hours.

lola88 Sat 24-May-14 09:28:34

YANBU I'm really lucky DS usually goes away once or twice a month to MIL if not over night during the day and have my mum and gran on hand to babysit if I have app during the day I don't know how i'd manage without help especially the first year.

Just be careful not to be resentful of friends who have help I've had a few 'it's ok for you' comments which I really find unfair one woman from my toddler group is particularly vocal about how I get loads of time to myself and she does it all by herself while complaining she has no help it really winds me up as she would jump at the chance of help but judges me for doing the same!

TheRealAmandaClarke Sat 24-May-14 09:10:35

Of course YANBU
Envy is natural in these situations.
I am fortunate to work pt and to have a helpful dh.
But I'm still envious of ppl who have family help. It's not just about having some time to ourselves (which I confess would be really nice, because we literally never get that) it's also about seeing dcs grow up with extended family. I'd love them to really know grandparents etc and have a relationship with them in the way that I see with some of my friend's but it's not going to happen.
Equally, I'm quite jealous of someone who is a SAHP with 2 DCs in school and one at nursery. Although I appreciate that doesn't give you evenings off with your dh.
I'm sure that some of the ppl I would feel jealous of have some sort of gripe about their situation too. So I don't dwell on it. I am fortunate to have my dcs so I try to suck it up
But I know what you mean.

Pugaboo Sat 24-May-14 07:42:20

YABU if you get morning off!

But generally YANBU, it's hard not having a break and tough not to feel jealous that siblings etc get loads of help.

Lepaskilf Sat 24-May-14 07:36:41

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PrincessBabyCat Sat 24-May-14 03:45:04

Do you know any moms? I'd ask them if they know of any good babysitters.

I made a ton of money in middle and high school babysitting so parents could have a day or night out. Parents and kids were happy and I got to buy designer clothes for school.

HolidayCriminal Sat 24-May-14 03:34:54

Nearly all the single parents I know have huge amount of support from extended family & friends. It really surprises me. DH & I don't have any family in UK or friends to rely on. The neighbours were good enough to babysit when I had to go into hospital suddenly.

ssd Fri 23-May-14 21:27:14

I know a few single parents who have had more support from their extended family than I've had from dh, who works shifts

Owllady Fri 23-May-14 21:07:14

Do single parents not get family support then? confused I know some don't but some of us with partners have to cope with a partner away and no family support too and no dad yo take them for the day or so either confused

AgentDiNozzo Fri 23-May-14 20:45:08

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TheFairyCaravan Fri 23-May-14 20:35:11


DH and I had our first break away from our DC in March. Our boys are 19&17. Both my parents and PILS have looked after all the other grandchildren and taken them on holiday. When DNiece was born on a Monday, my mum had her overnight on the Saturday to give my sister a break!

My DH is Forces(and I am disabled) so I've done loads of 4 and 6 months on my own, my PILs haven't even bothered to ring me. My parents have driven past my door, practically, with my sister's kids in the back to take them on holiday. They couldn't take mine because "we didn't near live near enough to them!"

I've hardly spoken to my parents for 3 years because I needed major surgery (again) and they refused to help me. Next thing they let it slip that they were taking my sister's kids and DN's child on holiday to a villa abroad so my sister could have another child free holiday with her DP!

No-one babysat for our kids unless we got a babysitter in and paid them, which was rare.

jeanmiguelfangio Fri 23-May-14 20:22:23

YANBU my ils won't even come the 45 mins to our house let alone to look after dc. Everyone needs a break, I get where you are coming from. Im pretty sure the op is just venting, I dont think she means she is the worst off. It really can be exhausting, regardless of how many or where they are

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