Girls just wanna have fun
ALONE AT HOME Channel 4, 8pm
LEAVING your kids home alone for a long weekend doesn’t sound like the best idea. Unless of course you’re happy for your house to be trashed or your kids to raid the drinks cabinet.
“Unless we do something dangerous or illegal, there are no boundaries,” says one child gleefully to camera.
This is a unique experiment that sees four sets of parents leave their kids home alone for four days to look after themselves.
With studies revealing that British parents are among the most anxious in Europe, is helicopter parenting stopping kids from being independent?
The kids are aged eight to 16 and a couple of dozen remote cameras will be watching them the entire time. So if one does get into any serious trouble, someone can help.
But the rules are, there are no rules, so cut to scenes of one pouring vodka, water fights, flour fights, dinners of squirty cream out of a can and the inevitable sibling squabbles – ie. full blown EastEnders style rows.
In this episode, Natalie admits she does too much for daughters Millie, 16, and Laurel, 13.
“She acts like our slave sometimes,” says Millie – perfectly happy about it though. Stepdad Dan thinks Natalie is a soft touch.
As they drive off, Millie is ecstatic, while Laurel looks nervous. Their stepbrother Ethan, 14, will be joining them.
But with immediate problems such as: “How are we getting to school in the morning?” it’s a steep learning curve. Will three teens do the right thing or will there be chaos?
Will this be a great opportunity for Millie and Laurel to show how mature they are – or a terrifying ordeal?
The girls with stepdad Dan, stepbrother Ethan and mum, Natalie