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How can I start a hobby when I have to take care of my 15-month-old baby?

I think the critical part to finding more time is to let go of the need to "just to look after your child". As parents we might think that doing constant activities with and for the child is our job, ...
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Uses of Dependent Care FSA

The best resource for this is IRS Publication 503, which covers all of your eligible expenses. The short answer: you can claim 100% of what you've paid so far for daycare, but once your wife stops ...
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How can I start a hobby when I have to take care of my 15-month-old baby?

Part of the challenge here is to not just use the baby's sleeping time. At 15 months old you should be able to get time for something like reading many times through the day, as they no longer need ...
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How can I start a hobby when I have to take care of my 15-month-old baby?

I found that switching to e-Books (e.g. through the Kindle, iBooks, or Kobo apps on your phone, or tabled, or through dedicated readers) helps a situation such as you describe a bit, in that when you ...
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How important is it for a mother to have help around the house when she has several young children?

Trust your wife. If she has chosen to be a stay-at-home mom, don't micromanage her. If she feels up to the task of running your busy household (three small children) without help, let her thrive. If ...
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How can I start a hobby when I have to take care of my 15-month-old baby?

Your baby is a hobby! Your beautiful child is a commitment. At 15 months, you've been through the infant stage, one of the tougher ones. Your child is around the point where he'll/she'll be walking. ...
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How can I start a hobby when I have to take care of my 15-month-old baby?

I 100% agree with all the posts above! A couple of things to add. First, I'm not going to advise regarding your disatisfaction with your mother-in-law because that's, like, a whole different issue. ...
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How can I start a hobby when I have to take care of my 15-month-old baby?

Give the kid to the mother in law for a couple of hours per day, getting out of the house if necessary for some alone time. However, you will have to live with the mother in law taking care of the ...
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How can I start a hobby when I have to take care of my 15-month-old baby?

You need to not take care of the baby 24/7. That is NOT your job. If you spouse work, and you don't, it is your job to take care of the baby while he is not there (so maybe 10 hours a day?). When ...
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How can I start a hobby when I have to take care of my 15-month-old baby?

Would part-time child care be an option? Even if its just a few hours a week, it would give you time to get away from the house, your baby and your mother-in-law. Also, if you can find something that ...
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How important is it for a mother to have help around the house when she has several young children?

There is a general approach to these types of questions / problems, that eliminates opinion-based subjectivity that the initial comment points to. It's called "testing". First, avoid thinking about ...
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