Leaving children w/sleeping parent?
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|Tue, 01-13-2004 - 7:38pm|
I'm not talking about when you come home & your spouse fell asleep unexpectedly when they were the only supervision at the time. I'm talking about when if you knew the other parent would be asleep would you left the house--knowing the kids could wake the parent if there was a problem. I've been thinking about this because my dh has been home a lot (for the last 6 months) due to physical problems and surgery. He has started back to work but only part time. I have been more in the habit of leaving one or both kids home with him (girls ages 7 & 4) because he is home so much. Even when he was in a lot of pain he would be laying downstairs in living room floor watching tv or playing card game/board games with kids. Suddenly after the holidays his depression is worse & he is going to work part-time (due to dr. orders) but sleeping much more, maybe due to depression maybe due to increase in depresssion meds that have a side effect of sleepiness. So I am having to change my plans to take my kids w/me because he is sleeping all afternoon after work or sleeping until 12-3 pm on the weekends. So I'm thinking they are too young to be home when he won't get up or is asleep, although they are very good kids & aren't into everything destroying everything--they really play a lot on their own & everything probably would be fine. But I feel like it's probably not a good idea since he is a pretty sound sleeper. When he is awake, although he is depressed, he is pretty normal & interacts w/kids & me.
I guess this is part of a vent, part of a just general question and a part wwyd. I am not going to leave them with him if I know he's not getting up. But I know a lot of parents sleep in on the weekend & the kids get their own breakfast, etc. So I'm just asking wwyd.