DF and I tag team in the mornings, one goes at 5am-6am, the other 6-7am, it doesn't encroach on family time & we both get to the gym.
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29-02-2016 11:37 #51Senior Member
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29-02-2016 11:39 #53
Yes I would do this and not give it a second thought. As PP have mentioned, a 13 year old is biologically able to have their own children. It's just our over protective society that thinks that 13 year olds are not capable of caring for younger kids. They are in most cases. And have done so as an everyday occurrence since the dawn of time until about 10-20 years ago.
29-02-2016 11:48 #54Senior Member
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29-02-2016 12:18 #55
I think it would be perfectly fine, @Janesmum123! I would have NO qualms about a 13yo being responsible for a 6yo for reasonable period of time - obviously so long as they knew what your plans were!
One thing to keep in mind, is that over the many years I have been on BH, the 'BH norm' is most certainly not the 'real world norm' when it comes to these issues
29-02-2016 12:28 #56
Best not tell you that I left my just-turned-8yo home alone, all by himself, with no one else to watch him and care for him for a whole 75 minutes
29-02-2016 13:35 #57
29-02-2016 13:36 #58
29-02-2016 13:45 #59
It depends on how mature my children were. I was left home alone from the age of around 8. No siblings and sometimes neighbours weren't home. We had a landline which I could use to call someone (who? I have no idea..) and the doors were locked.
Sometimes my parents would just nip to the shops down the road, other times they would be out the entire day to the city which was around 100kms away.
This was in South Africa too...
So with that in mind, if my kids were as responsible and cautious as myself, and keeping in mind that we currently live in a pretty safe area, and if it were my kids, and they had a mobile phone and knew who to call, then probably yes.
29-02-2016 13:48 #60
I have left my sick 8 year old home with my 13 year old while I took my other child to school and felt mega guilty for that 10 minutes. I couldn't do it for longer with a younger child
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