It really depends on the child. Some kids might be fine staying home alone sooner than others. I definitely wouldn't let my kids stay home alone before the age of 10-12 years old though. And even then I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving them alone for long. I was around 10 when my mom started leaving me at home alone for short periods of time. Like if she just ran to the store or something.
I'd say around 12. I was left alone at 9 while my mom was at work and sometimes she wouldn't get home until 3-5am. she left for work at 5am I was at school at 7am but I cooked, cleaned, and took care of everything I got beatings if didn't so Idont think it's ok to leave them alone that young.
In Kentucky there is no actual law about leaving kids home alone BUT if for some reason CPS or a police officer happened to walk by your window and see a child home alone, they could open a case. It's kind of fuzzy.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Glo♥:</b>" I'd say around 12. I was left alone at 9 while my mom was at work and sometimes she wouldn't get home ... [snip!] ... I cooked, cleaned, and took care of everything I got beatings if didn't so Idont think it's ok to leave them alone that young."</blockquote>
This was me at the exact same age!
I can't remember how old I was but I was left alone way before 10. I was really mature and responsible for my age. I could handle it. I cooked, cleaned and did my own laundry by the time I was 8. My mom was single with two jobs, I was left alone often.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Glo♥:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Sugarhiccup
What are we considering alone? I left my (sleeping) 3 year old in our apartment while I went up to my in-laws for a few minutes. I also got clothes in off the line while he was asleep.
I dont feel comfortable with a 16yr old babysitting my 2.5 & 4 yr old. I would say it depends on the child.... with my boys, I would probably allow my older boy to stay alone (few hrs after school) around 12 or 13 -- but not WITH his younger brother, lol. Maybe 14 WITH younger brother. Probably 15 overnight, 17 for more then a few days...
I was 15 when after school care refused to take me anymore ... so that's when my parents let me be home alone for roughly 2 hours a day. They did however make me go to a youth camp during the holidays (unless I was working) until I was 17 because they didn't want me home all day alone. So I'd probably say 15 as well.
Quoting sαяα:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Kimber-lily:</b>" I've been doing some reading and I have discovered ... [snip!] ... from school before you are done work?)"</blockquote> I think it depends on the maturity of the child more so than age."
This. Lily would be able to stay at home alone here, but I can't because I'm wigged out about her father. She's only 9 but acts 90, lol.
It would depend on a few factors such as maturity and judgement of the kid (assuming he/she isn't in charge of little ones). Are they usually responsible and safe?
Are there neighbors in the area that you know and trust that know the kid is alone and will be "on standby?"
Last year my neighbors kids were 4,7 and 12. The 12 yr old is very mature, capable and cautious. One of the sisters is the opposite. They would leave them alone for a couple of hours during the day if we were going to be home. Everything was fine. Everything worked great and this year the only time they get a babysitter is if the parents will be more than 30 minutes away.
We live in a nice, safe area. The rules may be different in a different area with different neighbors.
Our oldest will be 13 this year. And I will leave him alone but if its more than 30 minutes I always call and check up on him.
I was a latchkey kid by like 8 years old. coming home with my little brother (who is 2 and a half years younger) to a house that's empty from schools out til about 5pm every day. I was allowed to stay home alone when I was sick by 11. before that I was in daycare I believe. BUT with the way my oldest daughter currently is, at 9, I would NOT leave her home alone yet. We will see when she's around 12 or 14 about her maturity level and all. She won't be babysitting til shes at least 14-15 even (for my other kids I mean) Times are different and I lived in a very different neighborhood in my childhood than I do now. We knew our neighbors when I was little, I have NO idea who lives next door to me right now. (It changes so often that I don't get a chance to know them)