Oh Cindy!! Now there are other reasons for the TA position! If you decide to go back to school, there may be some sort of tuition reimbursement. If you decide to become a teacher, you have your foot through the door with a district and you have experience!!! The TA position is looking better and better to me!
Based on my own personal experiences, Id go with the teachers aide job.
Granted, there is probably more of a future for you at the university, but putting together child care for holidays and the summer is SUCH a hasslenot to mention very expensive. Im still reeling over the cost of child care for the summer.
#2 sounds best to me as well, because while the child care expense is there, next year when DD is in scholol, that won't be as much of an issue, and the rest of the times you'll be on the same schedule with your kids.
I'd also choose #2. Don't you commute a pretty good distance for your job now? The cost of mileage would also factor into the pay.
6th graders are a challenge, but it's a fun one. You'll be their best friend one day and mortal enemy the next (especially with the girls). As long as you're the type who can brush off the days when you're given the brush-off, you'll have a blast.
Kermit.. well the mileage is less. The middle school is in the town that I live in, and my job at the college is one town over. There is constant construction so a 4 mile drive now can take over 30 minutes in a bad day!