Well I'm jumping back up on my soap box here today so you might want to come back another day. Just thought I'd let you know:-)
Why oh why does everyone think just because a child is "legally" old enough to stay home by ones self that he should? What reason is there for a kid at the age of 10 to be left to his own accord?
Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
Yes at the age of 10 kids are long since on their way out of the rod stage of life but now is when the reproof age is really setting in.
Webster's defines reprove as-
: to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent
How can one reproof if they aren't there? That's right, they can't.
Also by leaving them at home they are missing out on so many learning opportunities.
Patience and long suffering. Ever grocery shop with five kids? Enough said.
Home economics. Food costs a lot, wise and prudent choices need to be made.
Self restraint. Do you see the junk by the check out?
World wide economics. Gas and food price correlation has been talked about a lately in our running around town.
How to communicate with others. This can be done safely with mom only a step or two away.
The are also learning that the daddy's need to make quite a lot of bacon to support a family. Like it our not it's a fact so boys get ready.
Car rides give you a great chance to communicate with your kids. No interruptions or distractions. They also have to listen, no place for them to wander off to.
They will be grown and out of the house soon enough. Keep them close and near to you it is a wise investment of your time.
Don't worry by the time Benna is 6 or so I'll probably be lax enough to let her stay home alone. Just as long as she keeps her cell phone handy and her biker boyfriend Bo and his buddy's are over to protect her. HA!