Monday, July 16, 2012

How Old is Old Enough to Leave Your Kids Alone at Home?

While visiting with a friend today, she told me of a family who allows their 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son stay at home alone all day in the summer.  Dad comes home for lunch and checks on them. I was shocked.  Eight and ten and home alone all day?

How old is old enough?  I know it depends on the child and their maturity level, but I personally don't think any ten year old is old enough to stay at home alone all day.  What are your thoughts?


dnbuster said...

No Way!
You can't do that here in Tx!
My youngest is 13 and he is only left less than an hour at a time alone.
A neighbor use to leave her 7 and 8 year old kids home all summer when she and her hubby worked.
The kids would run the road and cause trouble.
Plus, things can happen with kids alone

Julie Wood said...

I am shocked also! This is way to young to leave home alone in the summer! It is not right to do this to the kids! Something bad can happen! They are too young to deal with an emergency if one happens. These parents need to be reported!

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