Hello. I have three DS, two now at secondary school (13 and 12). I work four days a week (but am home when they get in from school) - and I'm suddenly at a loss about what to do when they're not at school during half-term/hols.
The youngest DS is easy - he loves football courses etc and we have a much-loved babysitter who can watch him for the bits round the edges when I'm not yet home.
But the older two are too old for the courses (which all seem to stop at 10/11) and don't really need/want someone to make fingerprint paintings with.
What do you all do with your teens when they're off school - if you work?
Well, mine are home alone...latchkey kids if you like. This has been the case ever since they went to secondary (they are 17 and 14 now). In my defence I work a 2 minute drive from home and come home every lunchtime. I am lucky enough to work shorter, more flexible hours during school hols so tend to go in work early (7am) and finish mid-afternoon.
I think it depends upon your children - mine are sensible, and we have a newtork of friends nearby who they can contact in case of emergencies.
I make sure my ds (12, in year 8) has arranged to hang out with his mates which usually involves the park/town/ house where parents are in and that along with some time to relax and chill alone at home works well... He likes his xbox and knows not to cook anything plus usually has chores too... Dh works shifts so is sometimes home/in bed too for part of the time...