Kids home alone: diff between SAH/WOH?

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Kids home alone: diff between SAH/WOH?
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Tue, 05-06-2008 - 2:08pm

I was talking with a friend who is a FT WOHM. She said she was really dismayed that there isn't much after school child care available for middle school kids (MS here is grades 6-8) and that the school seemed to expect the kids to come home and be alone for a few hours after school.

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Registered: 05-14-2006
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 10:23am
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Registered: 10-05-2007
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 10:29am

have been trained or allowed to go "straight to video" and stay there for every moment of

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Registered: 04-14-2003
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 10:52am

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 10:56am
Don't you think most middle school kids will have a couple of hours of homework at least every school day?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 10:58am

The need of kids to be driven from place to place, and the continuing need for adult supervision even in their early teens, makes it quite unlikely we'll ever be without an adult in the home during weekday afternoons.


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Registered: 04-14-2003
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 11:08am

see, the dump and run approach was my experience as a latchkey child--in my neighborhood in the '70s, most of us did exactly

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Registered: 04-14-2003
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 11:26am

i'm surprised by how often i hear about kids getting massive amounts of homework. our school district is really successful (and i think very good)--what you'd expect in a university town--and it and two other local districts also always rank highly in lists of the top high schools in the nation (one of them always well toward the top).


but my kids' homework loads and those of my family and friends in the other two districts

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Registered: 08-29-2002
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 12:06pm

"but a young latchkey kid really shouldn't be playing host to friends, really shouldn't be running around outside, is really unlikely to be able to get around town to do any of the things that a child that age should be doing with his or her time. "

That clearly depends on location and expectations. Where I live, the vast majority of 11-14 year olds are not supervised by their parents in the afternoons, and are able to get themselves to all sorts of age-appropriate activities (usually via bike or public transportation).

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Registered: 04-14-2003
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 12:13pm

of course.


sometimes when i post, it actually occurs to me that i should add "for those of us who don't live in sweden," so you won't feel compelled to chide me about how generalizations about the u.s. don't apply to you. ;-)

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 12:18pm

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