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Old 07-24-2007, 11:56 AM   #1
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At what age home alone?

Can anyone share when thet left their child home alone? My ds is 11 and I wonder about leaving him alone for short periods- not yet butmaybe in the next year or so. He is very responsible but also trusting-like if someone knocked on the door he might open it even if instructed not too. I hate to scare him with cautionary tales of what could happen BUT
I also don't want him to be ill prepared in case
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Re: At what age home alone?

Some states have a min. age like 12. I would check that first.
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A lot of it will have to do with maturity rather than age. If he would open the door after being instructed not to he probably isnt ready.
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since my oldest is only 3 I dont have to worry abot this for along time, but I honestly dont know when i'll feel comfortable. at this point I would have to say it depends on the child, if shes anythign like I was, not till shes OUT of the house LOL, but my brother is a differnet story lol
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i think i started staying home alone around 6th grade...so 11?

but...my mom also did work about 3 min away and she made me call her every hr
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Re: At what age home alone?

I started coming home alone after school when I was 10. I lived in the country with family all around, but I would NOT be comfortable leaving a 10 yo alone I'd say probably 12 or so for short periods.

I noticed the other day when I was at the local Y that they have a program to become a "certified babysitter" starting at age 11 that seems young to me
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We have already started training our eldest. Dh puts his cell phone number on the fridge and she knows how to use the phone to call us or 911 if needed. We lock the doors and cross the street to the park for about ten min. and hang out and talk. Of course we take the baby and the other kiddos are asleep and we are not even a min away. She is only 7 but we are preparing her. Anyhow she has called before because her brother woke up and she couldnt convince him to go back to bed Oh and we go up and knock on the door occationally or ring the bell. She has never known it was us but she called us immediatly (which is what we wanted her to do) she was oh so quiete too. So I suggest you practice with him and prepare him. It will set your mind at ease and prepare him for responsibility.
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Wow there are so many factors, although age is not one of them.

Maturity

Are they responsible to know what to do if the house is on fire, they get hurt, do they know how to call 911, etc...

How safe is the area you live in?

Do you trust the people around you to not call cps if they see you're gone.

I know crazy things but people these days are absolutely ridiculous. I stayed home when I was 8 and I think my dd will be ready next year or so. Some people are just so willing to jump and say "OM they're kids are gone...call someone" you know?

So yeah....hope that helps.
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We have already started training our eldest. Dh puts his cell phone number on the fridge and she knows how to use the phone to call us or 911 if needed. We lock the doors and cross the street to the park for about ten min. and hang out and talk. Of course we take the baby and the other kiddos are asleep and we are not even a min away. She is only 7 but we are preparing her. Anyhow she has called before because her brother woke up and she couldnt convince him to go back to bed Oh and we go up and knock on the door occationally or ring the bell. She has never known it was us but she called us immediatly (which is what we wanted her to do) she was oh so quiete too. So I suggest you practice with him and prepare him. It will set your mind at ease and prepare him for responsibility.
That is what we do. Good job mama!
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I started letting my daughters stay home alone when they were 10. I told them not to answer the door and only answer the phone if they knew who it was. They also knew not to touch the stove and i left them a list of numbers just in case anything did happen. I started leaving them for 10-20min's than increased it over a few months. Now there 10 & 12 y/o and the longest they have been home alone is 2 hours.
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