I’m trolled for claiming benefits so I can stay home with my child – I won’t go back to work until she’s 3, I don’t care | The Sun

I’m trolled for claiming benefits so I can stay home with my child – I won’t go back to work until she’s 3, I don’t care | The Sun

MANY mums will eventually have to face the difficult decision of deciding when to go back to work after welcoming their child into the world.

Every woman’s situation is different – some parents may not be able to afford to stay at home with their child, so rush back to work shortly after birth, whereas others find themselves able to stay at home with their newborn for months, if not years.



One woman, Emma Dunn took to TikTok to explain her situation and revealed that people always ask her why she hasn’t gone back to work yet after having her daughter.

The young mum’s child is almost three-years-old and she explained that people always question her and ask: “Why aren’t you going back to work yet? Why wait until she’s three?

“Claiming benefits for three years?”

However, Emma has set the record straight and explained why she isn’t rushing back to work after giving birth to her child.

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She said: “I worked since I was 14, I paid my taxes, so I won’t feel bad for taking three years.

“I want to spend as much time with my daughter before she has to go into education. 

“Not everyone chooses to go straight back to work after having a baby and that’s ok!”

Following posting the video, Emma added: “Also, if you did go back to work this is no hate to you,everyone does things differently and nobody should be shamed for that regardless!

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Emma’s video has sparked a lot of conversation on TikTok and has quickly racked up 149.3k views.

It has 4,945 likes, 422 comments and 26 shares. 

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Many mums quickly took to the comments to share love for Emma and revealed they are also in the same situation.

One person said: “And sometimes your job isn’t worth doing with the cost of childcare”. 

Another added: “Until they can give affordable childcare I will not feel ashamed of claiming”.

A third commented: “Being a parent is the most important job, we go back to work when we're ready”. 

Someone else explained: “I haven't worked since I had my second child and I won't be going back to work anytime soon either, for my reason, you shouldn't need to explain why”. 

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One user asked: “Genuine Q- how do you afford it? I only get £1000 UC and my rent is £625. I HAVE to go back to work” to which Emma confirmed “You just cut everything down, I have a budget book and honestly it’s helped me so much! 

“Write all your income and then what goes out and what you can”.

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