Feeling very sorry for myself today. It feels like I'm collapsing under the weight of all my problems. Last year, my mum (87 yrs old with memory problems) moved in with us - she was living about 5 hours away and just not coping, despite having an army of carers coming in daily. Anyway, she is now living with us. We are desperately overcrowded; have had house on market but no luck with a sale. My OH has now decided enough is enough and has taken the house off the market and decided to stay put. So our overcrowding problem has not been resolved. More urgent, however, is the problem of what I am going to do ref finding new employment. I'm finishing a one yr contract next week - no funds to extend it unfortunately (I work for the council). I am applying for part time positions only because I could not commit to full time work because of all the supervision and help I have to give my mum, plus all the other things I'm juggling like looking after my daughter and run a home. I have an interview next week but I am worried about letting them know about my caring responsibilities. I feel this sort of thing is going to be a major turn off for employers. Maybe they will just assume I have young kids (even though I'm nearly 49) but I'm dreading the "where do you hope to be in 5 years time" question. I cannot plan for anything career wise because I can see me just getting more and more mired in caring duties. I didnt ask for all this; it has just happened because we just didnt know what else to do with my mum, short of putting her in a nursing home - she's not quite ready for that yet though. A while back she did have a few days trial in a sheltered Abbeyfield home, but she was so confused she didnt know why she was there and just wanted to come home with me all the time. The house manager told me afterwards that they couldnt take her because her memory/confusion was so bad! My daughter has just turned 13 and I was really looking forward to going back to full time working and actually getting a decent job with reasonable pay, rather than having to put up with part time rubbish. Now I'm just saddled with yet more bl**dy caring. I cant even have my family over to visit because we have no room (mum is occupying our spare room). Have just resigned myself to the fact that life is going to get really sh*tty for the next few years.