When my kids’ dad left, I didn’t handle things well.
My friend and I both had our problems, but I constantly thought she’d be around to care for us; However, she complained about taking all the load, and one day I came home to a note that she was gone.
I went into depression trying to parent three kids when before I was more of the provider, but my mom helped me realize that I had to step up. My babies were growing up. They needed at least one reliable parent in the house. It’s been four years and they are now 9, 12 and 15. It’s much better now for us since they’re older and can handle a few things in the house! They get home from school, do a few chores, get their school work done, and then I get home at 6 after work; Dinner took a long time. I have since learned to be chefs in the kitchen. The other day I was at work when I got a call from my eldest saying there was an issue with the furnace. The kids were enjoying TV when the heat went out and they wanted me to come and take a look. Perhaps I should mention that I work as a technician for a local heating and cooling company. This job can be demanding, but I’m grateful it’s also stable and offers task security. That’s how I’ve managed to raise my kids and provide a home. When the furnace failed last fall, I knew I’d forgotten to service our furnace.. It’s quite tied up during winter, so things can fall through the cracks. I signed off from work and went home to figure out why the heating unit had failed.