Ok, DH and I are having a bit of an issue and I can't decide if this is ok. I entered a comp at the local pub to watch Origin with free drinks and food for us and 4 others. I was super excited because we literally never get to go out so it should be a fun night. The problem is, my in laws are away and we have nobody to watch the kids. My neighbors are going with us and we will be putting my 2 year old and hers to sleep at her house and the neighbor girl on her other side (14) is going to come and stay there. Her parents will be home right next door. We are thinking of leaving my two boys at home to watch tv and then they would go to bed at about 8:30. My boys are 8 and almost 12 (next month). I didn't want to leave them next door because I am worried they would start being annoying since they don't particularly get along with the 14 year old girl and I don't want the babies to get woken up. So they would have her right next door and her parents two doors down and we would also be only a 5 minute walk away. They are home alone in the afternoon on the days I work a couple days a week for 1.5 hours after school and my oldest son is really responsible. So after this long explanation, I guess I am wondering what the general consensus is. Is it ok to leave them in this situation or totally bad. Sometimes I think my judgement gets clouded because back in Canada people are really, really uptight about this sort of thing. I have found since moving here I have relaxed a bit in my parenting but don't want to cross the line into negligence, KWIM?