Shhh, whisper it, but … I’m reaching something of a career crossroads. I have spent the last 7 years primarily as a stay-at-home-dad, while my wife works full-time. During these 7 years I have, at various times, combined being a full-time parent with being a part-time student, worked part-time in a public library, and currently work part-time in an academic library, during semester time only.

However, my youngest child is about to start school, so I will now have an additional three free days per week on my hands (well, between the hours of 9am and 3pm). Here is my dilemma: what do I do? Working full-time is not an option, because of the school run, and my wife’s work hours are not flexible; I have to be at home to take care of the children before and after school (except on the two days I work at the library, when my parents help out). I have been looking for part-time jobs that would fit in with school hours, but they just don’t seem to exist; unless you want to work at a school.

The best option seems to be to set up some kind of small business from home, something that I could do alongside my current library job and also fit in with my children. This is something that I have been considering for a while, and now seems like a good time to develop this idea further. I just need to figure out what exactly it is that I could do; all I know is that I’d like to use my writing skills in some way. Watch this space.

I took this photo during a recent visit to Avebury