I've been home with a home business for most of my kids' childhoods. I've done some part time work, and for a short while did pay for child care or my husband was with them. At one point it was a disaster. The woman I thought I could trust turned out to be a lying Borderline psychotic. I figured, "This isn't doing my kids any good." I worked a few more months, with a friend I really trusted coming in from the City to watch them, part time. Then I have been home, with my kids and my home business, since my little one was born.
The economy destroyed my home business, I haven't made any more than a negligible profit in about 5 or 6 years.
I just got back into a part time job, now that my youngest will be 12. I'm back in my profession; it's going to exhaust me, but retail pays SHIT and it won't even make any profit for my working with retail pay, so it's back to nursing. I can mold my schedule around my youngest child's school hours, with a woman next door (who I know
isn't Borderline) to keep an eye on her if need be.
The hours aren't regular, but they are flexible. It's the best I can do right now. (Waiting for that first paycheck to be mailed this week is very exciting!)