Hi there. I am a very concerned, loving parent of a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old. Both children are very responsible. I normally work from home, but about two to four days per month (never consecutive) I am required to work in the office for various reasons as part of my job. I have no family here to help me out, or do I have the means for child care.

My question is, according to Indiana Laws, are my children allowed to stay home alone after school on those days that I have to be in the office? They are responsible for calling me as soon as they get home and doing their homework. They also are not allowed to leave the house, have friends over, cook ANYTHING, or answer the door or phone (unless it is my work number on the caller ID).

I do worry about this as it is a very frowned upon subject, but at the same time, I do trust my children whole heartily and feel like they are responsible enough to be home alone for 2 to 3 hours but never any longer then that.