I was recently having the discussion of when are your kids old enough to be left alone at home. In the paper there has been a story in the headlines of a couple who came from Michigan to Disney World and left their 2 year old and 4 year old in the hotel room while they went to the pool for several hours. Crazy, right? But did you know that the law says you can't leave children home alone until they are 14? I think that's crazy in the other extreme.
When I was in third/fourth grade I would get home a few minutes before my mom in the afternoon. I would let myself into the house, pour a bowl of cereal and then she would be home. No big deal. I was a responsible kid. But apparently, that is illegal!
I babysat for other peoples kids WAY before I turned 14. By the time I was 14 I was pretty much over babysitting.
Of course, then there was the time I poured the coke over Rachel's head. Yes, you read that right. I want to say I was about 12, so she was 8. My parents were out, don't know where. Jackie was over. We were set up with snacks in the living room to watch the television premiere of Home Alone. Something happened (no idea what) and we started fighting. It got ugly and I poured a 2 liter of Diet Coke over her head, drowning the couch and the tv and the carpet in the process. She locked me in my room and I had to crawl through a window to get out. Jackie went home and got her mom to come over and moderate.
I think that after that it was a LONG time before we were left alone again. Kind of ironic that we were watching Home Alone, right?