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Money worries

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Hey alex. I’ve been worrying about the money situation. My dad can’t find a job, (he’s only looking for one online though so I guess that might be it. ) and he smokes cigarettes too! And they are generally expensive. We don’t have much money left and I’m afraid of going broke AGAIN. It happened once. I mean, I’ve slept on church steps, and I’ve lived moving from hotel to hotel, but I don’t want a house. From ages 1-8 I’ve had a stable house. But now me and my dad live on a boat. I mean we don’t have taxes so I guess that’s good, but we need to buy food.


Hi there, welcome to Ask Alex!
Thank you for reaching out and sharing your worries. It’s completely understandable to feel anxious about your family’s financial situation, especially given the challenges you and your dad are facing. It’s a lot for anyone to handle, and it sounds like you’ve already been through a lot.
First, we want to acknowledge how strong and resilient you are. Living in different places and experiencing instability from a young age can be really tough. It’s great that you’ve found some positives, like not having to pay taxes on your boat, but we hear you that buying food and other necessities is a real concern.
Have you had a chance to talk to your dad about how you’re feeling? Sometimes, parents may not realise how much their kids are affected by their worries. If it’s hard to start that conversation, you might write him a letter or find a quiet moment to share your thoughts. It could help you both feel more connected and supported.
If talking to your dad feels too difficult right now, are there any other trusted adults in your life you can turn to? It could be a family member, a teacher, or even a friend’s parent. Sometimes, just having someone to listen can make a big difference.
Remember, you are never alone. The Childline team is here for you, ready to support you and explore your options with you. We’re open 24 hours a day, every day. You can contact us by Messenger at Even though you’re not in Ireland, it might still be helpful to reach out and talk things through with someone who cares.
Take care of yourself,

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