You’re on your own!

How do kids cope when left home alone?

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The idea of pack­ing your bags and leav­ing your chil­dren to their own de­vices for four days is a daunt­ing one. But that’s ex­actly the sce­nario fac­ing mum Natalie and her daugh­ters Mil­lie, 16, and Lau­rel, 13, in this new se­ries which re­veals how kids fare when their par­ents are away.

‘I wor­ried that they might wreck the house or have a big fallingout,’ says 45-year-old Natalie, a phys­io­ther­apy tech­ni­cian who lives in Sur­rey with her fi­ancé, Dan, whose 14-year-old son, Ethan, is also tak­ing part. ‘But I was also cu­ri­ous to see how they would cope with­out me.’

With 27 cam­eras in the house, and a team of ex­perts mon­i­tor­ing the teens and able to step in should any emer­gen­cies arise, the teens were given £70 each to spend on all food and any ex­tras.

‘It was an eye-opener to see how much they spent on taxis and they put wash­ing-up liq­uid in the dish­washer!’ says Natalie. But she was also proud of how they coped.

All change

‘I was pleased to see how they re­solved things when they had a fall­ing-out,’ ex­plains Natalie, who says the girls have since been a lot more help­ful. ‘And I’ve learnt to take a step back and give them a bit more in­de­pen­dence.’

Left in charge… But how will Mil­lie, Ethan and Lau­rel cope?

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