Jenni Lee and family on beach

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From the guts: Jenni Lee and household on the seashore

“I see folks struggling each day,” says single mum Jenni Lee, from Portsmouth.

“I work as a lollipop girl and a dinner girl in a really poor space and the struggles folks face each day are so intense.”

Jenni posted about her experiences on Fb in a bid to encourage different dad and mom who’re struggling. She says the submit “got here from the guts”.

“I needed folks to know that there are different those who perceive, to allow them to know that they don’t seem to be alone.”

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Media captionJenni wrote the letter to her youngsters as a method of supporting different single dad and mom

Jenni’s youngsters are actually 12, 15, 16 and 21, and she or he says life is a bit a bit simpler for her now.

“However every little thing I wrote I’ve skilled.”

Jenni posted her ideas in a poem to her youngsters on Fb.

“I stated I might have my dinner while you went to mattress, not as a result of I wasn’t hungry – it was as a result of there was solely sufficient meals to feed you.

“You got here residence from college with a letter a couple of journey and wanted cash the subsequent day, I needed to swallow my satisfaction and ask to borrow some from a buddy.

“My trainers have holes and I put on the identical garments I’ve worn for years, not as a result of they’re my favourites however as a result of I can not justify new issues for me if you end up rising so quick and want new trousers.

“After I let you will have a quilt day, curl up on the couch and watch DVDs, it’s so I solely should warmth one room, because the fuel is operating out.

“The day I let you will have cereal and ice cream for dinner was as a result of that was all I had left in the home.

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“I allow you to swim within the sea. Sure, I needed you to have enjoyable however I additionally needed to distract you from the enjoyable honest”

“You got here into my bed room in the midst of the night time as you had woken from a nightmare. I hadn’t simply watched a tragic movie. I used to be crying myself to sleep once more.

“You requested me the place my ring had gone and I informed you I had misplaced it, I had offered it to purchase you presents for Christmas.

“Once we went on a bear hunt after college, it was as a result of I couldn’t afford to catch the bus residence.

“Once we went to the seashore I allow you to swim within the sea. Sure I needed you to have enjoyable however I additionally needed to distract you from the enjoyable honest.

“Each time you wanted a flowery gown costume for an meeting or an occasion in school I stayed up till the early hours of the morning making the most effective outfit you had ever seen as a result of I didn’t need folks to snigger at you when you didn’t have an costly shop-bought costume

“Whenever you had been hitting me and screaming in frustration as a result of that was what you had seen, I held you shut and calmed you down with out getting indignant so you might see that violence was not the reply.

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“One of the best outfit you had ever seen”

“After I was invited out to events or evenings out with buddies I selected to remain at residence with you since you wanted stability and it saved me cash.

“After I sneak into your room at night time and also you see me sat by your mattress, I’m not looking for washing, I simply have to know that you’re alright, to whisper in your ear that I really like you and to observe you sleep.

“After I really feel like a failure, that I’m simply letting you down, that I want I might do extra for you, you snuggle as much as me on the couch, you make a cup of tea, you have a look at me and smile, you come as much as me and inform me you’re keen on me. These little issues imply the world to me.

“You might be my cause for residing, you might be my one real love, you’re the cause I rise up within the morning.”