My daughter is 11; my son is 10. They are both good kids and we live in a suburb, that is generally safe. My daughter, and sometimes my son, have stayed home for an hour or two alone and have done fine. My concern is my husband and I are going to a downtown event 30 miles away that will last several hours into the evening getting us home at about 11 pm. It's on a school night.
It is a very special event I don't want to miss. My husband thinks the kids will be fine; I think an adult should be with them because of how far away we will be and how late the night will go. The kids should be in bed by 10, and while they go to bed when we are home, I'm not sure they will if someone isn't here to supervise.
Would they be okay alone, or should we find someone to watch them? We don't have a regular babysitter.