By Darelena Cunha, originally posted on

You can’t afford spiraling child-care costs, but you can’t afford not to work. Either way, you have no financial safety net. You’re scared, mad, and second-guessing your choices. We hear you.

Every day, Bree Casson wakes up at 6:30 a.m. and gets her three children, Ryan, 8, Maggie, 6, and Gabby, 2, ready to go to school and child care. Bree leaves at 7:30 for her job as a teller at a local bank in South Portland, Maine, so her fiancé, Tor Andresen, carries out the rest of the morning routine and drives the older two to school before bringing their toddler to a sitter.

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