03-25-2022 12:50 AM
03-25-2022 07:03 PM
Hello @Exhausted594 , I’m sorry to hear that you are feeling lost and unsure about what to do. It sounds like you are in a really challenging situation and that you have taken a lot of responsibility for your niece and her needs. That must be a lot to handle. You sound like a really caring and thoughtful person, and I am sorry to hear that this situation has been leaving you feeling worried and sad.
It also sucks to hear that you reached out for support from your nieces family but that they did not offer much help or support. You mentioned that you have taken on the financial responsibility of caring for your niece on top of yourself and that this has been hard at times. There is a service called Carer Gateway that provides emotional, practical, and financial support for carers which you might find to be helpful. They have a lot of resources on their website and a helpline that you can call to get some support.
I can understand why you set up these boundaries with your niece and why you had told her to go back to her father and step-mother when she violated these boundaries. Sometimes upholding boundaries and the consequences of breaking these boundaries can be a really difficult task. If you ever wanted to talk to someone a bit more about how you might be able to manage this situation, or about how you are feeling, Parentline offers free and confidential counselling for parents and carers. Hopefully you find these services to be helpful .
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