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Old 05-07-2019, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by rach3975 View Post
Jason-15
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I was a SAHM until Lauren started kindergarten, then I went back to work part time teaching preschool. It's the best of both worlds for me. I get a paycheck, but I'm home any time my kids are. We have the same vacations, snow days, etc. and my hours let me be home until they go to school and beat them home in the afternoon.

I always thought I'd be back working full time by now, but I don't know if we'll reach a point where I can do that. Ben has Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a genetic disorder that includes high functioning autism, ADHD, a speech disorder, a sleep disorder, and more. When he's not in school, I have to be with him. Dan works long hours--he's gone 12 hours a day, sometimes more--and we don't have any local family. Finding good after school care and camps is harder and much more expensive for kids with special needs.
Rachel, have you looked into Joni and Friends camps? They focus on special needs kids. Two of my daughter's were going to volunteer at the one near us this summer, but Driver's Training got in the way. Here is the link. Friends of ours volunteer all the time, it seems like a great program (and while you're at it, check out Joni Erickson Tada's life story, it's pretty inspiring!) https://www.joniandfriends.org/minis...mily-retreats/
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