Tybee, I had a similar experience. I worked 2 jobs all the time when I was a single parent. I always thought of myself as a good worker, yet I was also on the edge of in trouble all the time for being a little late or calling out a few times. I would say my retail survival job had ways they could have made my life better, and ways that they made it worse. There was no very good answer actually.

I think about how many times I hear little things, like a hiring authority who is focused on getting someone just a little bit cheaper, or judgement against single moms, or an attitude that we just need to accept higher health care costs. All of these things cause stress to our most vulnerable, yet it just doesn't change.