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Parents: Did you ever work two jobs in order to supply for your family?

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Asked at 2010.08.19 20:06:54
I'm looking into finding a part time job for 1-2 evenings during the week and on weekends because my full time job just isn't cutting it right now.

I already feel guilty enough leaving my son at daycare while I work my full time job... And now I'm looking for a part time job, which is making me feel even more guilty. I'm only doing this to provide the best life I can for him, but that nagging guilt is still in the back of my head.

So - my question is, if you ever had to work two jobs, did you have the nagging guilty feeling? If you did, how did you get rid of it? Also, what type of job did you have as part time employment?

Let me add this - I'm a single mom, my son's father is ordered by the court to pay support but doesn't seem to care and is refusing to pay. If you have negative comments towards any of my issues, please keep your comments to yourself, I've had a bad enough day today already.
answer Momto2inFL  Answered at 2010.08.19 20:06:54
I contemplate ALL THE TIME if I should go ahead and apply for a second job. But it bothers me also, like you, because I’m already putting in 40+ hours a week and I miss my son terribly. It already sucks knowing I only have a few hours with him before it’s time for bed during the week. I’d hate to miss out on more than that!

But on the flip side, my responsibility is to my son. Married or not, my responsibility is to my son. I’d like to say I can rely on my husband, but I also don’t want to rely on my husband to take on a 2nd job. Because if, if, if, anything happens between us and we split, I’m now have to figure out how to make things work because that income would no longer be there.

I’ve cried over this before, just contemplating it all. I know my son would love to spend an extra day or two with his Gramma or Auntie but it breaks my heart. But again, my son needs me, looks up to me, and relies on me. If I can’t keep a roof over his head or food in his mouth, I’ve failed as a mother. Sure, they only stay small for so long, but you HAVE to do what you have to do for your child. Bottom line. Nobody’s going to do it for you or hand you a big fat check to cover your expenses…people are so quick to say your baby needs you but they don’t think about what that exactly means. Some of us have no choice and do these things because we have no other choice.

Keep your head up! You do what you have to do for your little man. And you know what? When he gets older and can understand and appreciate all that you’ve done, you’ll feel good knowing that this is the little man you raised! By yourself!

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I couldn't find any legitimate work from home jobs either hence why I had to go back to work full time. The ones I did find were TONS of work for a whopping $30 and well, I'd rather play with my son for hours than spend hours doing something for only $30. I find lots of online work from home opportunities to be complete scams.
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