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Dear Mommy Squad,

I have a 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son, in 3rd and 5th grade. My schedule has changed at work, and I can no longer be home until 4:30-5:30. I have thought about after school programs and babysitters, but the don't want to spend extra time at school, and babysitter's  are asking outrageous money. Are they too young to stay home alone for 2-3 hours? Part of me says yes, but part of me says no. They are responsible, good kids. The bus stop is 2 doors down from our house, so they'd be driven to the door everyday. What do other mom's think?