At my ex's house his new wife gave our 10 yr old dd a house key. She is the oldest of 3, our other two are 7 and 6. Our ds (7) can be VERY strong willed and sometimes doesn't listen to adults; our dd2 (6) has mild ADHD. Our oldest doesn't like to speak up when her siblings have done something wrong because she is scared SHE will get punished.
Background aside, I don't think she is old enough to be given responsibility over her siblings. This is my oldest, she has cardiac issues since birth and only one kidney, sometimes she herself "forgets" to stop what she's doing and go to the potty. She cannot be expected to look after TWO younger siblings.
Agree or disagree?
Answer by mama2000_1 at 10:31 PM on Oct. 27, 2010
Answer by goldengrl65 at 6:19 PM on Oct. 27, 2010
Answer by SalemWitchChild at 6:19 PM on Oct. 27, 2010
Answer by josiesmommy00 at 6:10 PM on Oct. 27, 2010
Answer by 405mom at 6:12 PM on Oct. 27, 2010
Answer by louise2 at 6:13 PM on Oct. 27, 2010
Answer by pisces72 at 6:21 PM on Oct. 27, 2010
Answer by kileighsmommie at 6:28 PM on Oct. 27, 2010
Yes, I agree with you. They need an adult, or at least an older sitter, who knows how to react in an emergency. I also agree with goldengrl65. You should find out what the legalities are in this situation.
Answer by earlgrey at 6:31 PM on Oct. 27, 2010