I changed my work life drastically when my 2nd child was 15 mos old. i was working at a bank, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to do the things that my kids wanted to do. my older child who was then 4, wanted to do ballet and gymnastics. she could do neither because both were offered only in the afternoon. my bank was taken over by the feds on a friday afternoon not long after and i gave my notice monday morning. i stayed home for 10 months and then went to nursing school.
I now work sat & sun, 7a-7p in an emergency room. when i worked in the ICU for 7 years, should something come up, it was very very hard to leave. not that my kids or husband werent important, but that type of job just doesnt allow for me to leave at the drop of a hat. now working in the ER, i can leave and have left at the drop of the hat. the only thing that suffers is that non critical patients have to wait longer. the really sick ones *always* get immediate attention. working on the weekends pays me more, and my kids can play soccer, go to the movies, go to the library, etc because i am home all week. my hope is to continue on to grad school (i am currently pursuing my BSN) so i can become a nurse practitioner, and DH can be a sahd. the man has worked his butt off to give me and the kids a good life, and i am only to happy to give him a much needed break!
the weekends give me great balance. yes, i am away from dh , and he from me all week, but with good sex, early morning coffee and bubble baths, we are doing fine. and the respect and admiration he gives me...mmmm what a guy!