My husband has been tossing around the idea of the kids staying home alone this summer. OSS is 11 and YSS is 8. I am not comfortable with this what do you think? This is the situation: We live in the county, we have a pond (they LOVE to fish) they are ok swimmers but not the best in case they were to fall in. We have two dogs one is a Collie and VERY protective the other one is protective as well, but the Collie is a "get in your face and back you up" kind of protective (herding instincts). We both work out of town he works 30 min out I work 15 min out. Their grandparents live in town it would take them 2 - 5 minutes to get to our house. 1 - 2 if an emergency.
I suggested that he let them sleep in and when they get up call grandparents to come get them or tell grandparents they are awake.
DH wants them to start doing yard work that is why he is tossing around the boys staying at home during the summer. They could call grandpa and he could "oversee" them working in the yard.