I'm considering entering a massage therapy school. Classes would be T-W-Th from 6-10 PM. Kids go to bed around 7-7:30. They have preschool T-Th 9-2 and a sitter for a 2-3 hours a day M-W-F. I work as a freelance writer. I'd have to continue to work on a reduced schedule to pay for childcare and commuting costs. Plus I'm assuming I'll need study time.
The only thing I'm feeling antsy about is the childcare situation. I'd be away from them for more than I've ever been. (And I know it's still not a lot compared to some parents. I realize I'm very lucky in this regard.) Still I'm really trying to rally myself for a short-term sacrifice versus meeting my long-term goals. The program takes 14 months, and after this school year ends, I can adjust if needed to have fewer daytime care hours.
DH has said he will go in earlier so that he can be home by 5 T-W-TH so that we can eat together as a family. Then he would handle bath & bed. He keeps saying that I'm really only talking 1-1.5 hours of "awake time" with the kids.
About 5 years ago, I toyed with the idea of opening a wellness center, which is what I'd dearly love to do. At the time, it wasn't feasible for us logistically, and then I fell into freelancing for 4 years. I need a change, and I know financially (and likely emotionally as well), this would be a necessary first step. I'm just suffering from Mommy Guilt because it feels so indulgent. Help?Advice? How do you balance Mom's needs with family's needs?
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