I am currently employed in the school system which can often be pretty political and at a previous district, I swear we had a group of women that acted like they were in high school. I am at a new district this year because the money is better and I get more of my summer off, however, I am not working in the same school as my kids which has been difficult. I get off of work an hour after they are home and Ihave an ex who has tried to "spend time with them" until I get off work. I don't mean to be mean or hateful but he is known for not getting them back on time and I really don't feel I should have to deal with him when it is my day with the kids so.......
I am really thinking about doing private counseling. I still need to have many hours of supervision, but I know several people who have said they will supervise and work with me. I could also be making money during supervision time. My house is almost paid for, I have a car that is paid for and one vehicle I make payments on, but am trying to sell. So, my bills can be down to a minimum and i do receive child support for my 3 kids and they have excellent insurance through their dad.
I have also looked into transferring to another building where school is out at 2:30. This would help with me getting home even before my kids do, but I would have to leave in the mornings about 20-30 minutes before they take the bus to school and we might be able to pull that off. My 5 year old is difficult to get going in the morning and my 14 year old would be left to deal with some of that.
Still, I am scared to make the switch to private practice. I have heard that the overhead is so high that many people return to working for an agency. I wouldn't have insurance but so far I am a very healthy person. Currently through the school, I have retirement and summers completely off. If I have a private practice I can't just drop my clients in the summer. So, this is my predicament.
I truly want to work part-time while the kids are at school, so that I can still have the flexibility to be there right after school and attend class parties and enjoy life more. I feel I have worked hard to stay almost debt free, but am so scared of leaving the secure, good job I have. Any advice? Anyone been there done that?