nychellay (1406.9 days ago) It depends on the maturity of the child. I was left alone for about a half hour only because summer camp started at 830, and my mom needed to leave at 800 to go to work. I was responsible for getting dressed and being on time for the bus that came by. I was 9 years old at the time, and I could be trusted to do this. Now my little sister on the otherhand........when she was nine, she could`ve easily burned the house down if I wasn`t home with her! My little brother, even worst! The house would have been torn down, and he would`ve been on the other side of town, riding his bike on a highway or something. ANYWAYZ...JUST DEPENDS ON THE CHILD.
heathert (1407 days ago) my son does some he is 11. He has neighbors #`s, my moms, and does not answer the door or phone. He usually likes to go with us unless his sister stays home she is 16.
jynxxd (1407 days ago) I was 10 when left home alone, buut my mom enrolled me in a babysitting course so I would know a few first aid basics and safety rules etc. I was babysitting by 11. I think it also depends on the child`s mentality, I was always mature for my age and never really depended on anyone else as a young child. My 11 year old cousin on the other hand acts liek she is 5 and throws tantrums, has to have her breakfast prepared for her, etc. as my uncle sees her as his `baby` so she acts it. And I wouldn`t leave her home alone or let her babysit right now. She acts much like a baby. So it really depends on your comfort and your child`s comfort, I wouldnt go any younger than 10. And not for long periods of time either. 10 and your running to the corner store would be good.
ermsmom (1407 days ago) I think if you`re just going out for a little bit (like running to the store) then 9 is okay. Longer than that I`d probably wait until their 10ish. It depends on the child though. Definitely not under 5!
pooka (1407 days ago) there is a law here, its 12 years old.. before that its neglect.
♥ Ä§hlЄy ▫ ßєär ®♥ (1407.1 days ago) i was home alone at 9, with my 11 yr old sister and we babysit our little brother
RobinG (1407.1 days ago) Heard of and ok with ~ 11ish for a half hour or so but heard of an not ok with as young as toddlers and infants sadly ~ I`ve learned there i no law with a set age for it although they do arrest those who leave young children home alone but have found in chatting with other moms and family that most feel at 11 for an hour or so is ok but not younger. I do know a girl who is home by her self at 10 and I dont personally agree with it but thats just me.
busymommyof3 (1407.1 days ago) On the news I hear 5 and under , but no one personally! I stayed home alone around 10-11 only when I was sick from school. Half of the time I just was tired and wanted top stay home and sleep. I NEVER awnsered the door. That was my parents rule and I stuck to it!!! **BUT*** When I was about 12-13 I was home sick from school I really was sick Some man kept knocking on the door and we had one of those door that has a half circle glass, I was laying on the couch and he actually looked in. I was shocked. He went away and about 20 mins later I was in the kitchen and saw him coming to knock again. I snuck in the living room and saw him looking in again. I was like who is this crazy man . I was scared. He came a 3rd time about 30 mns later but luckly my neighbor was outside. AS he was knocking I opened the window and yelled ` this man keeps knocking on my door` She asked him what he wanted and took off real quick. Here is the Shocker 2 days later the same guy was in the paper in jail for Child Molestation and burglary!!! She brought it over to me and I was like yeah thats him. I listened to my mom and had the phone in my hand ready to call 911. I dont know if he was trying to break in or rape me but Mom taught me well and I trusted my instincts!
TwinklinBrwnEyes (1407.1 days ago) Something similiar happened here to what JPCM was speakin` of. The two little boys were left home alone all night mom was out clubbin` and the apart caught on fire and they both died =( If I remember correctly the boys were 5 and 2.
pooka (1407.1 days ago) my oldest I never left alone until he was almost 13, I am laxed with my middle and he is 11 and sometimes I let him home alone while I go to the store etc. I had a neighbor who used to let her 6 y/o 4 y/o and toddler (18 months) play outside alone and wander around and there was a creek that ran in front of our town houses, not fenced nothing. Everyone would tell her NOT to let the little one out alone and her reply was putting him in the FENCE backed yard would be taking away his rights to freedom. I guess drowning was a better option. I would go outside and watch them all because I felt so worried the poor little guy would fall in the creek and drown. It was awful. People called SS and they told her to watch her kids but she never did.
avaann (1407.1 days ago) i think my brother and i were 11 or 12 when we were allowed to stay home alone.
jpcm (1407.1 days ago) A lady that lives just down the road here, wanted to go out to a bar one night, her daughter was in bed, the dog was there. Her daughter was 8, she asked a relative if she would babysit, but it was so late the relative said she couldn`t (grandma)...that night, the mom left the 8 yr old daughter in bed, went to a bar, and it started storming....lightening caught the house on fire, the volunteer fire dept (because we are sooo rural)foudn that baby girl in her bedroom, with her dog and they couldn`t save her, because they thought noone was home :( :( . As of right now, the mom is in jail for negligence. Honestly, i am sure she is sooo heartbroken with guilt, who wouldn`t be, but people need to understand, it only takes ONE time...ONE time when you think everythign could be perfectly safe!!!! Schools here started doing a `operation Cassidy` where they gave all children stickers for their bedrooms windows, saying a child`s room, they started teaching extensive fire safety at all grades. It hit around here hard. Something to think about :(
hillaryandmikesbaby (1407.1 days ago) luv- ive even seen in the news 2 year olds being left.. but once the mother had been killed or something or in jail i dont remember and the baby was in the house for weeks.. but survived.. it was amazing.. poor baby though how scared he/she must have been and dirty and hungry.. even though they said he/she had been through the cabinets and the fridge through what they could reach...
ibaheir2dathrone (1407.1 days ago) I started leaving my 11 yo dd at home for 10 min. at a time. Then went to 15 now I will do 30 mins. (the time it takes to drop or pick dh up from work). I want to enroll her in the babysitting course. (at our local hosp.) She is very responsible and we think she is ready for this.
Holly28 (1407.1 days ago) My ex husband`s parents used to leave him alone in the house at night when he was 3-4 so they could go next door to party with the neighbors. Isn`t that insane!
luvbeingamom (1407.1 days ago) recently there was a news report here where a woman left her 5 and 3 yr old at home by themselves while she went out. She was arrested! :-)
hillaryandmikesbaby (1407.1 days ago) i have never heard of anyone leaving a 5 and under home alone but i put it anyway just to see if there really is anyone out there who does that.. which im sure there is.
3girls2008 (1407.1 days ago) if someone is leaving their 5 or under at home alone they should be arrested!