We were very lucky to have my parents. They have been supportive and would often help by having 1 or 2 of the children when times got hard. We are extremely lucky that my mum works in a school so when our children were off school she was too so she would be around to help. That summer I don’t think we would have made it with out their support. Our parents knew everything but other family only knew parts.
We didn’t tell all our friends we just spoke to a few close friends who would offer support rather than judgement.