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Dear Readers:  If that’s possible, I know even less about parenting than I do about weddings.  Fortunately I know about breakups, and I think this is one of those.  But I think the letter writer could use advice from moms in this exact situation, so you if you can help, weigh in.

Dear Captain Awkward,

I am a single mother by choice of a two-year-old. I work at a pretty decent and stable job and I make an okay salary. My job is relatively flexible and has some good benefits and perks that are very family friendly (five weeks of vacation, lots of sick time), but it’s a full-time job, and I need to be there on a full-time basis. I can take occasional working-from-home days, but it really isn’t a great deal for my employer – taking care of a two-year-old is kinda labour-intensive. Realistically, I need good quality full-time care for him during my working hours.

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