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Leaving dc with elderly step grandad?

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chandellina Thu 01-Nov-12 12:25:30

Me, dh and dc are staying at MIL's tonight, with me and dh booked in for a fancy dinner 20 minutes away at 830, after the kids are in bed.

MIL and dh seem to think it's ok for her to drive us, leaving dc in the care of her husband who is much older than her, in his 90s and not very mobile. They should be asleep but I still say no way, we can take a taxi.


flyoverthegoldenhill Thu 01-Nov-12 12:28:46

you know your dc's, if they will not stay in bed get a taxi

WilsonFrickett Thu 01-Nov-12 12:29:12

How old are DCs? Do they normally go down OK?

squeakytoy Thu 01-Nov-12 12:29:46

Depends on the age of the children too.

FannyFifer Thu 01-Nov-12 12:30:48

How old are kids? Is 20 mins there & back?

digerd Thu 01-Nov-12 12:32:13

No, I would not want to put the responsibilty onto a 90 year-old with mobility problems, not fair on him and be worried about dc. Just say you wouldn't hear of imposing and have ordered a taxi.

vampirestakeknickers Thu 01-Nov-12 12:32:58

I'd feel more comfortable booking a taxi for both ways. Having said that, how old and how mobile are dcs?

WorraLiberty Thu 01-Nov-12 12:33:22

You just can't say when something as important as the kids ages has been left out of the OP.

ClippedPhoenix Thu 01-Nov-12 12:35:09

If I were you I'd get a taxi anyway. You won't fully enjoy your evening if you're worrying.

digerd Thu 01-Nov-12 12:35:27

But thanks for your kind offer

chandellina Thu 01-Nov-12 13:23:23

Sorry, dc are 4 and 11 months. Older one stays there regularly but the little one hasn't been for months. I think it's worth a taxi to not worry.

Aniseeda Thu 01-Nov-12 13:39:22

YANBU. IF they were 8 and 10 and sensible, fine, but 11 months, no!

Whatdoiknowanyway Thu 01-Nov-12 13:43:06

Definitely not, not fair on kids or on FIL. Taxi, no question.

Rowgtfc72 Thu 01-Nov-12 18:21:23

Probably not bearing in mind their ages. My dad is 75 and his mobility isnt great. He has dd who is five for the odd hour here and there. Weve just gone back to having him do night-time babysitting as dd can sort herself out now shes older and hes shown us he is ok with the stairs in an emergency. Shame as he would have dd more often if he could manage it.

CrapBag Thu 01-Nov-12 20:01:15

At those ages I wouldn't take the chance. What if the 11 month old wakes up.

My nan is in her 70's and mobility isn't great. She has DS to stay who is nearly 5 and doesn't require picking up etc but she wouldn't be able to have DD yet who is 20 months, she would love to but knows that she can't.

lovebunny Thu 01-Nov-12 20:22:45

don't even think about it. how ridiculous.

Bagofspiders Thu 01-Nov-12 20:25:10

TBH you might as well be leaving them alone. If there's a problem what would he be able to do?

SirBoobAlot Thu 01-Nov-12 20:32:09

Certainly not. Just get a taxi.

MrsCantSayAnything Thu 01-Nov-12 21:56:25

nooo! I don't leave my DDs with their granddad and he's only 68! He forgets things though he's not senile.

He'd let them have a lager or something ridiculous.

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