You’re on your own!
How do kids cope when left home alone?
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.
‘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?