I am currently quite content with my work life/home life balance. I work 4 days a week with my day off being Wednesday, which breaks up the week quite nicely. I use my day off for fun things like laundry, groceries, vacuumming, general tidying and sometimes (only sometimes mind you) a haircut or waxing appointment. The kids are at school and daycare, but I usually collect them early so we can get homework done and have some time together. It's been working out very nicely.
Now one of the girls at work has given her notice and we will be short staffed on Wednesdays. Logical that I would jump back into the Wednesday shifts I worked a year or more ago. But I don't want to - and I have a boss who asks your opinion (usually) before big changes are made, which is great, but saying I don't want to work Wednesdays does not mean I will not get scheduled on Wednesdays. I've already given a list of days I'm unavailable, based on appointments and plans made earlier under the assumption that I wouldn't be working those days - and that actually turned out to be almost half the Wednesdays of the summer. I do hope boss-man does think about hiring someone part-time. I'm feeling serious anxiety about the whole thing.
To top it off, eldest daughter is enrolled in a modelling/acting/talent course at an agency, and when she completes that (at the end of July) they will be marketing her for jobs in that arena. That means there's the potential for auditions and such in Toronto or other areas that we would have to plan around with short notice. Also not looking good for short-staff problems at my workplace. I did inform boss-man of this as well, in hopes of enticing him to think seriously about hiring other help.