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  •  I'm one of them (14+ / 0-)

    I'm on Tier 3 and my benefits expire at the end of December. I've been trying like hell to find a job for more than a year, even willing to take what I made at the start of my career...20 years ago.

    I have a special needs child, and I can't travel, or work odd hours or weekends. I need to stay in a half-hour of her school for drop off and pickup times. But I've run my own business before, you would think that would count for something??? My ServSafe Cert, CPR and First Aid is all current too. I've managed a staff of up to 25. Planned events for up to 350, and catered events up to 125 myself.

    When I went into food service, AFTER getting my 4-year degree from Villanova, I thought it would mean I'd always be able to find work... but I never counted on being the primary caretaker of a special needs person.

    Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. ~ Yoda Political Compass: -8.50, -6.46

    by Cinnamon on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:19:26 PM PST

    •  Mine will also run out (10+ / 0-)

      after more than a year of unemployment. I have an interview shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. If it doesn't work out, I'm going to be in a world of financial trouble myself.

      •  Good luck with your interview (2+ / 0-)
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        I'll hold you in the Light that you get the job. As I said to my boyfriend "if I don't find something soon, the last 2 weeks of December are a joke, nobody's even going to be thinking of hiring then"

        Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. ~ Yoda Political Compass: -8.50, -6.46

        by Cinnamon on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 03:17:41 PM PST

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    •  The fact is that ALL our children require proper (0+ / 0-)

      time and attention. Employment needs to take being human into account. We are degenerating.

      •  All require proper time and attention (0+ / 0-)

        But not all have to have Occupational Therapy 2x per week, Speech Therapy 2x per week, Behavioral therapy 1x per week plus a daily chart kept through school hours, A medicating doctor every 2-3 months, developmental ophthalmologist, developmental audiologist, regular EKG/heart/muscular testing due to the ADHD meds and her Becker's (recessive) MD, and a special school placement that requires me to drive her and pick her up daily since it's out of our district. That is on top of all the regular doctor, dentist and orthodontist appointments of childhood.

        I wasn't saying that any child deserves less than appropriate attention and care. Nor was I saying that they are easy. But not every parent has to make the above list fit into employment, every single week of their lives, including summers.

        Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. ~ Yoda Political Compass: -8.50, -6.46

        by Cinnamon on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:33:39 AM PST

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        •  The reason that I don't have such a list (0+ / 0-)

          is our lack of access to that kind of care and money. I do many of the above functions and teachers do the best they can. No meds for the kid. We do meditation and self awareness techniques. I am blessed
          with a kid with a heart of real gold. Making high grades as a goal is a challenge and I try not to get tired. Your baby sounds harder. We just have a bit of TBI from a swim team infection at 8 years old.
          I know u are a great parent.

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