I have recently left my two kids (10 and 7 years old) with their Granddad for a few days, to enjoy the first part of the half term. I was concerned when calling my kids on FaceTime, that my daughter had said that she had been left alone (with her brother) in a cafe for 20 to 30 minutes, while Granddad went to get a hair cut. The cafe was a Ceramic Cafe on a typical town high street, where you can do pottery etc... and the male hairdressers was round the corner. My husband and I were extremely concerned. After speaking to my kids I realised they were scared and uncomfortable. My husband spoke to his Dad about it, who considered there to be no risk at all, and even suggested that we were being over protective, and was quite adamant. He could not remember the name of the owner of the cafe but insisted it was a trustworthy and safe place for the kids to be left in. I was, and am, uncomfortable about this, and would be grateful for any other Mums or Dads views on this. Am I being over protective? Should I let my kids stay with their Granddad again?
I would be a bit annoyed about this and can't imagine either of my parents doing this with dd who is 9yo. I don't understand why he didn't just take them to the hairdressers with him?
However I wouldn't make a massive deal out if it but say something along the lines of 'can you just take them with you next time as they were worried being left on their own.' if there are no other concerns I would of course let them stay with their Grandad again.
This is not good. Why should the cafe owner be responsible for the safety of the children, anyway? Why should your kids be left feeling uncomfortable and/or scared? It would be fine in a couple of years, perhaps, but they are both too young, IMO.
Whether you let them stay again will depend on how well you trust him to 'behave' in the future, but it doesn't look good if he is still adamant.
It's interesting that he left them in a pottery cafe - maybe he thought that more fun/appropriate than being in a barbers. I think too young but he may genuinely think it ok. I think a generation thing.
were they painting pots? That is an activity that is very tedious to watch can go on for ages. I would think this was fine if they were occupied and the kids were happy to be left/café owner ok with it.
However, you say the kids were scared and uncomfortable so maybe he wasn't clear with them how long he would be, or didn't check that they were properly ok with it.
It's a generational thing. I bet your parents and your husbands would have happily left you for 30 mins somewhere safely occupied at 10yrs with a younger sibling in tow if they were fairly sensible types.
By all means express a request/preference that your 10 yo is not left in charge of their sibling and state your concerns that your children were not comfortable with it. Perhaps he should have been clearer as to where he was going and at what time he would return.
I too would have thought it was fine - a pottery cafe is a very child-centric kind of place and 20-30 minutes isn't long - but would want to know why the children were upset. Had grandad not explained where he was going or how long he would be?
Agree that this is a generational thing - I'm sure their grandfather would never have left them anywhere he perceived to be dangerous. I would just have a gentle word, stressing the fact that your children are not used to being left alone (especially the seven-year-old) and were therefore uneasy, and ask him to keep them with him in future. You don't want to spoil a lovely family relationship!
sounds like they were left to get on with painting pots? not all that worrying for me, or your fil, but obviously concerns you and your dh probably better to not leave the kids for so long with your fil if you cant agree on what is and isnt acceptable. i would be fine with what he did tho