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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13-06-2012 08:19 #51
13-06-2012 08:25 #52
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.
13-06-2012 08:30 #53Senior Member
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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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13-06-2012 08:44 #54
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.
13-06-2012 09:06 #55
Yes, they all have mobiles as well as a house phone. I will definitely be calling. Probably every 15 minutes
13-06-2012 09:13 #56
13-06-2012 11:41 #57Senior Member
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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.
13-06-2012 21:07 #58
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.
13-06-2012 21:21 #59
No I wouldn't sorry
13-06-2012 21:26 #60
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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