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    Default Parents with 11/12 yr olds in High School

    If you are a working Parent and have a Grade 7 or 8 (or even 9) child, what plans do you have in place with regard to School Holidays? Obviously I, like most working parents, can't take every school holiday off.

    My son is in High School next year and I am trying to figure out what the heck we are going to do! Both Hubby and I have a two week break over Christmas (both workplaces shutdown) so that only leaves two weeks each during the rest of the year to be able to take off. There is no vacation care around here that accepts high school students and we have no family that can help. Going to friends houses constantly is not an option either (occasionally would be ok) So let me in on your secrets, how do you do it?

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    By that age I would expect my kids to be able to stay home by themselves. I'm not sure what others do but it's what i did as a kid and what my kids will be doing. Is there really any other choice for most parents?

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    We used to stay home by ourselves. That's how I will do it once my dd is that age anyway.

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    Hmmm, I am just not comfortable with leaving him home all day at 12 yrs old. Maybe that will change by end of the year, hopefully it will change. These are waaaay different times we are living in and I am quite concerned that despite my best efforts to prepare him, it won't be enough.

    We let him stay home now when we pop to the shops etc as a kind of test and he is fine BUT 9 hrs is a lot different

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    I think things are probably a bit safer these days. My eldest has his ipad with messenger to contact me, he has the home phone and knows my mobile number. I guess once he is in high school he will have his own mobile too. When i was his age, i had no way to contact my mother if need be.

    Maybe there might be some holiday sport or art programs that he could do? Although i would imagine they wouldn't run for 9 hours per day either.

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