My girlfriend used to go jogging and leave her 2 and 4 year old home alone asleep 😨😨😮. I was horrified. I think a sensible 13 year old is fine at home alone. It depends on what the 6 year old is like that they have to watch.
Why don't you just take them with you and leave them in the car?
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It depends so much on the maturity of the older sibling. I wouldn't dream of leaving my 4 year old son with my 18 year old SIL because she is so immature and irresponsible, but myself at 13, I was babysitting my younger sister (she was 8), and my parents used to leave me on my own at home overnight at times. I'm not saying I would ever do that myself, because that IS the height of irresponsibility, but I was definitely mature enough to know what to do in an emergency.
Just last week at school a 7 year old fell off the monkey bars and landed on his head, and felt like he couldn't move his legs. Several of his friends were there, and they made sure he didn't try and get up, they kept him still and kept talking to him (to keep him awake, he was badly concussed), while one friend ran to notify a teacher.
I think we really need to give teens more credit.
Last edited by Full House; 01-03-2016 at 08:11.
As a child (10-12), my Mum used to deliver pizzas as a second job. I used to come home from school & look after myself, she would come home for an hour between 5-6 and go to work after that - I was petrified. I used to hide under my Mums bed and jump at any sound. She wouldn't get home until 10pm and half the time I'd have fallen asleep under the bed. Even now I am incredibly jumpy, and this reflects in my parenting. Maybe I worry too much, but I do prefer to be cautious (maybe too much so) than have anything unliveable happen to my children.
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