I'm having a bit of a dilemma. I've taken the year off work, except a few casual jobs here and there, to see what it was like to be a fullltime mum and pursue some other things. Worked FT for most of my kids' formative years. However- I had a partner then and I don't now...BUT I need to get back into regular employment.
I've been looking around and received so many job offers that I couldn't take because of hours- initially when I split with ex he used to still take the kids on a lot of days while I was in my old job, but now he hardly sees them at all. I have no other form of backup (family etc) to help, so I'm a bit stuck...the kids are in school/daycare but it's proving hard to find anything in the hours I need.
Is it worth paying someone to cover the outside-school-hours just so I can work again in a job I want? I'm getting tired. I just want to take a position and get back into it. I'm sick of saying no, sorry, I can't start early in the morning, I can't stay back any later than 4. I'm not in a highly paid industry, can't really afford to pay someone but for a few hours a day, maybe it would be worth it just to feel I have some control over my own life, that I'm not totally at the whim of my ex's schedule and lack of support with the kids.
Has anyone decided to do this even though they couldn't really afford it? Worth it?