I think this is a valid point. Personally I NEEDED to be away from the kids, out of the house...it actually made me a much better mother in the times I was there. Teaching fortunately is about the best career to have if you do have to return to work. Evenings are long, weekends guaranteed and lots of holidays. Some women would say going to work made being a mother easier in many ways. I'd be one of them - and the money was useful too! Oh...and my 'little ones' didn't have regrets. Had they suffered in any way because I was not a full time Mum I'd have known. They are grown up now and inteligent, well-adjusted, loving adults.I don't feel I missed out on their development at all. The other side of the coin is the children who are draggged up because their switched off mother is fed up with the same old routine at home, day time TV and the daily grind. Let's not pretend raising kids is one long play/bonding adventure. It's not. Stay at home mothers are usually expected to do all the housework and cooking too, and looking after the needs of their working man. Sounds like part-time work might be <u>your</u> best option Chica?