I couldn’t believe this article I saw in our local paper today: Mom acquitted of leaving kids alone. Now if the kids were, say, ages 1 and 4 or 6 and 8, I’d be concerned about this ruling. Kids that young shouldn’t be left to fend for themselves at home without a responsible adult to supervise.
But no. This single working mom left her 10 and 11-year-old kids at home while she worked at a local restaurant. And while she was gone, her dumbass 10-year-old son went down the street and stole some pepperoni from a local grocery store — which was how the authorities got involved in the first place.
Thank God the judge recognized how ridiculous it would be to convict this woman for her actions. She was simply trying to make a living for her family, and made the completely reasonable choice to leave her old-enough kids home during her shift. Her kid just screwed up. He should’ve known better at that age.
How many of you were allowed to stay home alone when you were 10 or 11? I know I was. I even babysat other people’s kids when I was that age (though, quite frankly, I wouldn’t let a 10 or 11-year-old babysit my kid, but that’s a personal preference). I’m sure I did some dumb things, too (though nothing as serious as stealing — even pepperoni), But I can’t imagine why my parents would have been found guilty of child endangering because of it.
Instead of blaming the poor mom for not being around to keep her kids out of trouble, why don’t we focus on other ways to keep tweens and teens productive when their parents simply have to be at work and can’t afford “older kid” child care? Seems like a better use of our taxpayer dollars than arresting and putting parents like this on trial.