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    No, I wouldn't do it I'm sorry. Especially the 2 boys home alone. I think that's actually illegal these days (aren't allowed to leave kids under 12 without adult supervision). I can see the temptation, but I don't think its responsible.

    Could the boys stay at a friends place? (as in sleepover at a school friend?)

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    Oh and the other thing.... I wouldn't ever leave our 14 year babysitter if I was out drinking or at the pub.
    I'm really happy with my judgement on who I leave to take care of our kids. Just do what feels right...and my guess is, if you have to ask...then maybe it's not something you really are comfortable with.....??

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    if you are confident with them why not. I was responsible for myself since I was 8 often sprnd nights alone. my aunt once left me with her just over 1 year old for a week when I was 12, had help in afternoom but generally alone at night

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelaR View Post
    Legally no child under the age of 16 should be left with out adult supervision. So I would say no to allowing this to happen.
    I don't know about the state you live in, but here in Victoria there is no law to state that?

    OP, only you know how your children would go in this situation.

    My niece has looked after my kids since she was 14. She is extremely trustworthy and mature.

    As for leaving the two others, It would depend on how they would cope. Do they know to call 000 in an emergency? Not to use the stove? Not to go anywhere?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hers&Hers View Post
    if you are confident with them why not. I was responsible for myself since I was 8 often sprnd nights alone. my aunt once left me with her just over 1 year old for a week when I was 12, had help in afternoom but generally alone at night
    Oh goodness.... That's quite extreme!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hers&Hers View Post
    if you are confident with them why not. I was responsible for myself since I was 8 often sprnd nights alone. my aunt once left me with her just over 1 year old for a week when I was 12, had help in afternoom but generally alone at night
    Wowzers! That's a lot of responsibility for a young child!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelaR View Post
    Legally no child under the age of 16 should be left with out adult supervision. So I would say no to allowing this to happen.
    I don't think there is any law that states that - this is a good link to look at http://www.parentlink.act.gov.au/par...ues/home_alone

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    I would be concerned about how your 2yo will sleep in your neighbours house. Being in an unfamiliar environment, she might not sleep through as you are expecting her to.

    Also, I would need to carefully consider the dynamic between your two boys. Will the 8yo accept the 12yo's authority? Will the 12yo abuse the situation and try to boss his little brother around unnecessarily?

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    As long as both the 14yo and your boys have means to and are prepared to contact you (via mobile phone) then I think it should be fine. You might find yourself coming home early after a phone call, but that would be better than uncertainty.

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    In my house, my 13yo can babysit my 5yo & 3yo (when they are asleep) but only if the others are not there also. If the 9yo and 11yo are there, then I simply cannot go out, because the dynamic between those children would not work.
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    I feel some 14 year olds are mature enough to babysit. I know mothers who are 14!!! But not all.. only you would know.
    I wouldn't leave the kids alone though. Mainly because one is 8 and its night time.

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    I was babysitting at the age of 14 for a 1yr old and also would be left home with my three youngers sisters and some friends children when I was 12. We had no problems. I think IMHO if u are comfortable with it then go and have a fantastic night

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