When childcare help from your family isn’t actually much help.

This week Frankie Tortora and Steve Folland have a chat in response to a question submitted anonymously. Let’s call the person… Gemma. She says:

“If I’d gone back to my librarian job, my M-I-L was going to babysit for a full day every week to ease the financial burden and get baby cuddles in. However, now that I am fully self-employed, she ‘pops down to visit’ for 2-5 hours every other week, of which 1 hour is lunch that I am expected to cook, and eat with her.

It’s lovely of course, but it’s hardly letting me get any work done…. It’s obviously a favour so I struggle with the guilt of pushing it beyond being family time to being work time.”

This episode is supported by the lovely people at IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed.

Take note dear listener! We might swear a bit. This one’s for the parents. To be enjoyed at your desk or once the kiddos are in bed.

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