I dont have much family here and DH's parents live in LA, we live near SF. Every summer my cousin would helo me to watch my daughter, she is nine years old now so it was good for my cousin to use DD as a sitter as well beacuse she has a 24 mo baby that LOVES to be around my daughter. And I would babysit her kids too, we were doing each other a big favor. Last christmas, my cousin moved back to my aunt's house, and I hate to say it but yes, my aunt is mean... everyone tha knows her does not really like her because she is very rude, unpolite and cruel sometimes. So I asked my aunt since she owns the house and she said it was fine but I needed to pay, and I totally agreed. and I know she needed a little exta money to pay the mortgage. Needless to say DD was a big help for everyone, since doing chores to keeping the other kids bussy. Everytime I called during the morning to check on my child and asked for everyone, her answer was auntie and uncle are working, B is in school, M is working too and F is sleeping so nobody was really watching the kids right?. so aunt is selling the house I dont really know why but she wont be paying any mortgage for the next three months, I feel like she doesnt need any money anymore so she doesnt care and she had my uncle called me las week and say "hey everyone here has a bad cold so don't bring your daughter". even tho they got her sick the week before so she is sick anyway. So, I dont really have anyone else to watch her and I will be taking some days off these week until she goes back to school. We live in a gated community so is kind of safe but I am stil scared of living her alone. we did it a few days last week and today to go to work, we told her 100000000 times not to answer the door or look trought the window or answer the phone (only If we were calling, we have caller ID) and hubbys friend come over to pick up something and I do trust him a lot but still you know, and she opened the door and let him in . DH was soo mad at her and I was mad too, but she doesnt think she did something bad. do yo leave your kids home alone??