I became a single mom after passing boards. Working agency, and working nites helped me to be there for my kids. It allowed me to sleep while they were at school, be up with dinner cooked when they got home,and help them with their homework. I didn't have beenies in the beginning, but they were military dependents, so it didn't matter. There were many times, I would fore go sleep so I could go to school, have lunch with my daughter, and go on field trips. The most embrassing time was when I went to sleep on the school bus! I snore
My son of course at a certain age, wouldn't be caught dead with his mother
! But I would be there for his ball games, and parent teacher meetings, school plays, etc.
I was always there for the holidays, that mattered to us. Especially Thanksgiving, and Christmas! I rarely had to feel guilty about leaving them when they were sick, as I never scheduled myself more than a couple of days ahead. It was rare for me to have to cancel a shift. For me nursing worked well, until recently. I was in the business world before nursing, and it would have never allowed me to do as well! Nursing allowed me to buy a home, send my kids to private schools, and is paying for my daughter college education.
I have been told by my children, that I did a good job. So I don't regret going into nursing, but ready for a change now.