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: 04-14-2003
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 1:56pm

"What I think does happen in these cases is that the parents, who are used to leaving their kids for a few hours each week, overestimate their kids' ability to handle many more hours alone on a regular basis. It's an easy trap to fall into."


i don't know that i would count it as all that *easy* to fall into. i don't see it irl, and i don't see it in the responses to this thread, or recall it in any other. it actually

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Registered: 04-14-2003
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 2:07pm

i see parents coming at it from both sides--those who complain about too much, and those who complain about too little, but mostly the former, and mostly

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 3:07pm
I'm pretty sure chimaira is in Canada, not the US.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 3:10pm
i remember swim team well.

 

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 3:16pm

In our area there is a difference between the elementary school activities which normally do not occur on elementary school grounds or are sponsored by the elementary schools and middle/high schools where the activities are held on the school grounds and/or sponsored by the schools.


For example we own a house where my children can not get themselves to most of their elementary school level activities but they will be able to get themselves to most of their middle and high school activities simply because of the location of the activities, on the school grounds....versus somewhere in the community.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 3:29pm

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That depends on your community, ime. In some communities, where one lives does in large part determine how independent her kids can be in getting themselves to and from activities. For example, it was impossible for me to get to and from some activities by myself (especially from them) due to where we lived. DH, on the other hand, lived in the neighborhood where we plan on buying a house and was able to get himself to and from most of his activities from middle school onward.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 3:46pm

it depends on where you live.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-27-1998
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 3:56pm

I think it

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 4:09pm

Not so much this area, suburbia in my area tends to be much more spread out, it's the inner more urban areas where everything is that close.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 05-08-2008 - 4:19pm

edited.

 

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