and wait there for 1.5hrs til you got home from work, 2 days a week?
DD (10) is desperate to do this, although I have serious reservations. She currently goes to an afterschool club 2 minutes walk from the house, and her older brother (12) currently lets himself in after high school.
Am I right to veto her request, or too overprotective do you think?
Yes, her big brother would be there with her. When I let him come home and let himself in, the afterschool club were fab and said that if there were any problems he was just to come down to the village hall and they would look after him - I'm sure they would offer the same thing for DD.
I know there is no legal age, which kind of makes it harder iykwim?! I did think of getting a teenager in to 'babysit' her, but DS is having none of it. Dilemmas dilemmas.
I start a new job on the 7th September (previously done evening work to fit in) and on a Monday and Tuesday I will not be home until 5.45. This is the first time that DS1 (12) and going into Yr8 will be having is own key. He will get home around 4.10pm and DH should be in between 5/5.15pm.
He does stay in the house by himself if I pop into town etc but he is not allowed out, I think it is because I worry that he won't lock the door properly..
DS2 (nearly 10) will be going to after school club as he would be home earlier than DS1.
My next door neighbours son has been letting himself in since he was 10, last year of primary. I have said if there are any problems he is welcome to ask for my help (the other adults in the street, a small cul-de-sac, have also offered). This means that although he is on his own there is a support network for him if required.
It all sounds reasonable to me as long as they get on well together.
Thanks for all the advice - it's hard sometimes when they want to have that extra bit of independence. We live in a quiet cul-de-sac also, and there are neighbours and friend who would help out in an emergency as well as the after school club.