D - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )
I am the mother of a 14 year old boy and 12 year old girl, working mother, student, and wife. My job communte had increased from 45 minutes total to 2 1/1 hours daily since my organization has relocated. I work for a large company that provides great benefits and pay for my line of work. My husband, after enduring 2 layoffs in the last 10 years has returned to work in a contract position with an very good salary.
With all that said, in addition to my drive and very taxing days at work I am 15 credits away from completing my degree. Well, I realize that I am fortunate in these tough financial times to be gainfully employed but with the onset of the teenage years and no family around to help after school and provide supervision, I am feeling like it is time for me to come home for awhile to support and guide my children through this time. I know that I can not stand in the way of them growing up but I am noticing some major changes in my daughter and sense that she needs more hands on guidance through this time. She is a curious kid and it really starting to push the envelope. My dilemma is my financial fears since my husbands position is on a contract for 2 years - that can change at anytime, the loss of income which will change some plans (ie travel, fixing up the house) and re-entering the workforce. Anybody made a transistion like this? I know that I can not get this time back with my kids, 1/2 the time they act like I am not around since their social lives have taken off, but I feel the need to be around. There is so much out there now and I think I need to be home to protect and maintain awareness of what is going on ... Thoughts?