Carol - posted on 08/12/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
My best friend lets her children, 10 & 12, stay up late (2-4 AM) watching TV or playing games. She & her live-in boyfriend, or other friends, get up & go to brunch or breakfast, leaving the children asleep while they eat & visit. Are these children old enough to be home alone, asleep? The family lives in an old home with no neighbors close by to keep an eye on the house & kids in their absence. Is this a wise thing to do? I won't go to brunch with them, because I don't want to encourage this. I've offered to stay with the children while they go out, but she says they know what to do in an emergency. I love her children and don't want them to suffer from their parents (boyfriend is their dad) irresponsibility.