This is my first post. I just wanted some perspective on this issue. I am recently married and have a 13 yr old step-daughter who is awesome. We have a great relationship. She's with us 3 nights a week and with her mom for 4. She has a 5 year old sister at her mom's. Her mom recently got a 9-5 (or thereabouts) job. For my sd this summer this meant that she is babysitting all day Mon-Fri. Is this normal? I just feel like it's so isolating and depressing. She can't leave the house or go outside (we live in the city) so she is alone all day. I think this would drive me crazy as an adult, much less as a 13 year old (if it matters, her sister has some serious tantrum problems and had some developmental delays although these are improving ---she can be a handful). She has complained about being stir-crazy, but there is not much we can do. Her dad is uncomfortable with the situation, but fortunately works in the area so could help out if anything serious happened. Anyway, comments are appreciated! Thanks!