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    i think it is a good compromise to leave at half time.
    in the old days.....(ha ha) we used to run around the street from 7am to 7pm as kids by ourselves on school holidays.
    i'm sure a few hours would be fine.
    my son is nearly 10 and he also asks if he can have a lolly, specifically comes down to the shed if we are down there! i think you know your children and what their maturity levels are.

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    What matters is that you are confident in your decision.
    You can always call every half hour and make sure everything is ok.
    I was left alone at night from the age of about 9ish and was fine.
    However my 9 yr old would be too scared but thats just the way she is.
    Only you know your children and what they are able to handle in a safe and responsible way.

    Its not like you are leaving them to go on a holiday. You are a few minutes away.

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    If I were you, I would ring and talk to both your 12yo and the 14yo at halftime and reassess at that point. If all was going well, then I would stay, but if I had any niggles I would return home at that point.

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    Do the old kids have mobile phones? Or access to one so you can text a few times? The 14yo's parents are right next door, I don't see a huge problem other than the older boys alone. I'd be ok to leave a 12yo home alone with adults close by and a mobile phone, but not with an 8yo.

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    Yes, they all have mobiles as well as a house phone. I will definitely be calling. Probably every 15 minutes

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    Here's a govt tip sheet on leaving kids home alone:

    http://deta.qld.gov.au/earlychildhoo...home-alone.pdf

    It gives a good checklist at the end.

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    No, I don't think I would do it.

    I wouldn't leave DD with a 14 year old - that's still very young IMO, even if they are responsible.

    I also wouldn't leave a 12yr old in charge of another child. To my mind that is a lot of responsibility to put onto a 12 yr old, and it wouldn't be fair on that 12yr old if something unexpected happened/ went wrong, and then they blamed themself for not stopping it/ doing something differently.

    What about taking the children with you? If I don't have anyone to babysit I often take my 2 yr old out to restaurants, etc. She sometimes sleeps in her pushchair, and sometimes not. But she's usually very excited to be out and about/ up so late and then goes straight to bed once we get home.

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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.
    In QLD, the law says no child under 12 is to be left alone for an 'unreasonable' period of time. If something happened to the 8 &/or 11 year olds while you were gone, you may be charged with a child protection offence.

    I've seen this happen to parents who thought everything would be fine (and who were gone for only a short time), and it turned out rather differently. I personally wouldn't risk it.

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    No I wouldn't sorry

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    I used to babysit my brothers when i was 12 no dramas... In saying that, depends on the kids... My friend has a 15yo i would trust no dramas... But most 14/15yos i would not lol.

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