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I had a rough night last night. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I don't know if that means this was hard, or I've had it easy though.

I went to a friends to hang out, drink and talk. I got there and magically there were kids there. Everyone I know is single, without kids. Turns out she was babysitting for a friend who wanted to go drinking with her SO. My friend isn't much of a babysitter, but the options were babysit or have the kids (3 and 8) left on their own all night. So she agreed to have them over.

We adults are munching away on popcorn when it occurs to us that the kids are eating more of the popcorn than we are. So we ask them when they had dinner. Turns out they hadn't eaten since 10 that morning.

To make a long story short, we suspected that these kids were being neglected. So we did the horrible and very adult thing of making them stay the night so their drunk parents wouldn't drive them home, and reported it to the Child Protective Services department. I haven't ever felt that guilty about something that I knew was the right thing. My thoughts go out to those kids and their parents. I hope that this is the nudge they need to get their acts together so they can stay a family.

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wow, I can imagine how hard that was. You did the right thing, though. If the kids *are* being neglected, it's good that people know about it now. And if they're not, it'll be easy enough for their parents to prove that, and it'll all be ok. *hugs*

Thanks. I hope with all my heart that we were wrong. I just hate being the adult in situations like that.

When you say things like "we adults", it amuses me.

Anyway. You did the right thing! *hug*

Yeah, that was the worst part. I don't ever think of myself as an adult. But then you get stuck in some situation like that...


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