I have some difficult decisions to make and not sure if anyone can help but as you are all single parents even if you can't help at least you will understand.
I have been on my own for 13 years bringing the children up on my own with minimal support from my (abusive) ex.
My daughter is due to be 18 in 3 weeks and has struggled with school life and college life to the point that she has suffered anxiety and self harm in year 10.
She is currently not working and waiting for her CBT counselling to start in March after a long waiting list.
I started working full time 8 months ago after having a part time job becuase I felt that both my children were old enough for me to work longer hours.
My son is 14 and has now had a meltdown about school after an incident with the French Teacher ridiculling him in class and shouting at him and he is currently now not attending school at all.
My brother has tried to support me by coming to talk to my son and even try coming down in the mornings to get him out of bed to get him to go.
The stress of him being at home and me trying to work and my daughter turning 18 with no job is taking a toll on my health.
I have been in contact with my ex to ask for his support with helping me talk to the school and my son but he is not being very coorporative.
Money is going to get tighter if my ex doesn;t continue to pay maintenance and obviously I will lose other benefits once my daughter turns 18 in 3 weeks.
I am currently off sick from work with the stress of trying to sort it all out and just needed time to think.
I work for the NHS and they are being very supportive and have said they can offer support and a flexible working arrangement. This is great but I don't know what to choose for the best as a reduction in hours will impact money again and keeping my hours means I am leaving my son at home not attending school.
At the moment i want to sell my house, rent for a while to alleviate all the stress and worry, but is that a good idea??!
SWK please DO NOT post this on facebook. Thank you