I have recently returned to work after 8 years at home. Finding after school care for my 2nd grader was not a problem, but my 7th grade daughter has been at home alone many afternoons. Although we have established rules to ensure her safety and our peace of mind, she ignores them and believes herself to be "above the law". I have not been able to find any after school options for her that would not require me or someone else to provide transportation.
I'm just curious to know how any other working mothers of middle schoolers have handled this. I may be overlooking sources that are available to me.