It drives me crazy

@Joslyn77 (374)
United States
April 14, 2007 11:27am CST
It drives me crazy on days that I have to leave my kids at home while I go to work and they call you all the time because they are fighting with one another. Really what can I do? I am at work because I have to be there and they just don't seem to get it! Anyone have any advice for me on how to handle this? I know pribes probably work,but do you pribe them with. Thank God this summer I only will be working two days a week unless they really can't handle being on their own. My oldest will be 12 in a couple of months and they are alone for two hours until their father gets home from work.
3 responses
14 Apr 07
Is it not against the law to leave children as young as 12 on their own, I though you had to be 14. Mind you saying that my parents used to leave me on my own at that age. At least when they call up you know that they are safe
@Joslyn77 (374)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Yes, I do get a little piece of mind when I call and I know they are ok. Before I started leaving them on their own I called our local police department to ask the min. age to leave a child on their own and the officer had told me there was no law because he knew of parents leaving their eight and nine year olds alone for short periods of time. Thanks for your response.
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
10 May 07
Maybe try telling them that you will be able to come home sooner if they don't bug you with stupid stuff while you are supposed to be working. Give them positive reinforcement when they don't call you for stupid stuff. The first thing you should ask them when they call is if it is important and tell them you will be mad if they are calling to have you mediate a petty dispute. Bribe them with a special movie or computer time if they don't call you unless it is an emergency.
• United States
15 Apr 07
I remember doing this to my mom when she was at work and I was stuck at home with my two older brothers! As a working mom now, I can't imagine what I would do or even where to begin giving you advice! I think that your summer plans sounds great and that your 12 year old will be responsible during those two hours away :)