I originally posted this in the working moms forum of MDC but it was suggested I move it here....Thanks for any insight!
After many years of happily "staying home" with my kids, I am once again gainfully employed. I have an ideal work situation...mother's hours, 4 mornings a week. I am working in my industry, but not in private practice so I can walk away from work when I'm done each day. I couldn't ask for a better situation.
My question...My kids will be at home alone those mornings until school starts. DD is 14, DS1 is 12, and DS2 is 8. We have a close knit neighborhood, with lots of stay at home parents and folks who work from home. Safety is not my issue.
For those of you with older kids at home on their own, what are their "rules"? Chores, leaving the house, guests, TV, computer time, avoiding having your cell phone ring every 15 minutes with a tattle, micro management request, etc. etc.
Also, do you leave an older kid "in charge"?
My kids have chores but I tend to be a supervisor...ya know, they can't make plans until they are done, etc.
I just don't want to come home to a messy kitchen and screen zoned, fighting kids each afternoon.