I am a nursing student, and I am 26. I have 3 children, 7, 6, and 4. When I begin working full time after graduating, my youngest will be in school all day during the week. I am thinking through what shifts may work for our family. My goal is to be home when they are awake and home. I am naturally a night person. I've done graphic and web design at nights as a freelancer, during their very young years, to supplement our income, and so I could be an at home mom. I was perfectly able to function throughout the day after staying up til 1-2 am. And thank goodness my husband didn't have to leave for work until 8 am, so I was able to sleep that late.
Okay, so anyway, I think that if I were able to take the night shift, I could be home when they are getting up, get them off to school, and sleep during the day while they are in school. Up at 4 when they are getting off the bus, and then I would be home until bedtime... well almost, for dinner, and family time. 4 nights a week, and maybe a 5th night for OT, if I'm needed would be ideal, weekends at home. The day time shifts seem tricky to me, cause I am overlapping with their schedules too much, and can't work 12 hours for sure...
Is this a pipe dream, or is it do-able?
(added note, I've wanted to be a nurse since I was a kid... I'm soooo excited that this could happen for me, and I can't wait to go to work in this field, I just hope it will work with our family!)