Julie - posted on 03/26/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )
I have 4 kids ages 12, 9, 7, and 4. I'm a single parent and sometimes have to work a few hours in the evening. If I'm only gone for a few hours I will have my 12 year old son watch the kids with help from my 9 year old daughter. It is going pretty well. They have phones and I always have my phone and am usually only about 15 minutes from home. My question is, is it fair to my 12 year old to have to watch his siblings? I am the second oldest of five and watched my siblings a lot when I was growing up and I didn't have a problem with it at all. He doesn't have a problem with it either, but as a parent I feel like it's not fair to him. I'm not sure why I feel that way since it doesn't bother him and it didn't bother me when I used to watch my siblings. I'm just wondering what other moms think. Thanks.