Makes it AWFULLY risky to go out on my own too. I'm really stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Hardly. I have been on my own since '98 with 3 kids under age 6. I took a full-time job for 1 year and quit 2 months after my 3rd child. It can be done. It all depends on how much desire you have and your financial understanding. I found no greater motivation that having 3 kids and a wife.
I know there are some of you out there who are doing great and have a family (meaning spouse and kids) but how many just went out on their own while in those cicumstances?