I don't have children but my husband and I consider ourselves a family
I used to work straight nights and let me tell you it was rough. At first it seemed to work out as I would sleep while my husband was at work and then wake up, make dinner, see him in the evenings and then go to work while he slept. But nights is very hard to do, and soon all I was doing was sleeping, or thinking about the last time I slept, how much sleep did I get, will I get, do I need, etc. I wouldn't even get up when my husband got home from work and it took a serious toll.
I got a job in insurance then during the week, dayshift. That helped alot, but I didn't really like the job itself so I went back to staff nursing full time but as per diem. I pick and choose my hours and am not required to take the same amount of call, I don't have to work weekends if I don't want to or holidays either. It works out ok, but coordinating 40 hours between two hospitals can be a chore!
But it just goes to show the vast amount of flexibilty you have as a nurse and all the many places you can work!
Moonchild, what kind of nursing do you do?