My parents did it every summer, starting about when my older brother was 10. It was not the best plan. 10 year olds are too young to be responsible for themselves, and adding on the additional responsibility of supervising 8 and 6 year old siblings is not fair to any of them.
Incidentally, my mom totally denies that this was the case, now. She says she hired a babysitter. Borderlines start to believe their own lies after a while, so she probably has convinced herself by now. During that same time frame, they still hired a babysitter to watch us when they went out at night.
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