Well, now, isn't that a rotten situation. It's a dilly of a pickle, if you will. Let's take it as a series of questions.
- Is there someone else in the family bringing home a pay check?
- Do you like your job?
- Is your job a stepping stone to later rewards (like training to be a doctor or an architect with a low salary now that will pay better later once certification is attained)?
- Does your job provide some other benefit that you want/need (health insurance, tuition reimbursement, 401(k) match)?
- Do you qualify for child care assistance through a state agency?
- Do you want to stay home?
- Can the other parent (if there is one) stay home?
- Can you get a better job (one you like more or pays better or is closer to home)?
- Can you get training in a reasonable length of time so that you can get a different job?
Depending on the answers, you have your answer. It would be a shame if someone wanted to work but couldn't because of the financials of it. This is one of those situations where meaningful, odd-hour (so childcare wouldn't be an issue) part-time work would be awesome. But, as I've said, those jobs are few and far between.
I have known people who were teachers going to work for a Sylvan Learning Center in the off-hours, and I've known fancy downtown accountants take part-time jobs doing the books for small offices in the suburbs (and they save the time and expense of commuting). But, depending on your skill set, this may not be an option, and it certainly isn't a very good option if you don't want to stay home.