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Old 07-03-2012, 02:59 AM   #46
HugeBabyBoy
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For me, I look at the big picture of "by themselves"...

When they're old enough/able to cross the street, walk home from school, run in to the store with $5 and grab a gallon of milk, etc.
(When they can fall and scrape a knee without having a meltdown... I've seen 12 year old screamers!)

When they're both responsible AND accountable for their actions. Overall, they must understand the consequences and threats/risks around them.

These situations are cumulative examples of the responsibility & behavior required to be entrusted with ones own well being.

I think of it like this:
If I wouldn't leave him alone at home, then I wouldn't expect that he'd be better off outside minding himself and his own business.



Oh, and never alone, always with a sibling or buddy.
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