If anyone asks, I tell them I'm a stay-at-home mom. I am attending school parttime and am out of the home 12 hours per week; she is in childcare four mornings per week.
As far as income, about %50 is through student loan/grants, the rest is child support and those random government cheques that you get every month (in Canada). Financially, there is not much breathing room. My program is a short two years and then I will be working from home (although I will be working from home far sooner than that!!).
Had her dad chosen not to pay child support, I imagine I'd either be working PT out of the home (ugh), or attending school PT while living with family. Fortunately, her dad has turned out to be a very involved father and takes her far more than I had ever imagined. We all benefit from it and I get to complete all my homework when she's away.
Life is a constant struggle. It's difficult having to depend on others for income as you never know when something's not going to show up! I'm out $1000 this month as I transferred schools and my student loan was interrupted... What can I say, you just get very, very crafty in coming up with $$$
I look forward to the day --one year from now-- when I can be a fulltime SAHM and
fully self-sufficient, ahhh...
PinkNFluffy - Your arrangement sounds like it works for you. Society has a lot of expectations on people, no matter what their role. If you're happy with your situation, then there's no need to work more. Just keep on keeping on
If and when it doesn't work for you anymore, then you can tweak your life accordingly.