I have two children, as well, Cinderella. I started in orchids when they were probably the same age as yours now. My daughter is now almost 14 and my son almost 12. They never touched my orchids, but I was lucky enough to always have a big enough home to seperate the plants from them. And when I got my greenhouse it was even easier to make sure they didn't get into trouble. It does get better, really:> They grow up so fast an occasional infraction, is just something to put down in the "will laugh" at this someday category. I keep hoping one of them will start to show some interest in orchids as they get older. So far, not. I still don't like them in my greenhouse, even at this age. I've got mouse/rat traps down that could really hurt if snapped on a finger or toe. So, I'm still the sole waterer of the household.