How young is too young...?

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    ...to leave your kid at home alone over a night shift?

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    personally i would not leave a kid alone at home regardless of age
    applewhitern likes this.
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    My parents started doing that when I was 12 and my brother was 6. The good thing about not knowing how to cook at that age was 1) we were too scared to cook anything and 2) we were rather content with the TV, internet (at 28.8 kbps!) and the telephone. To be more specific about 1, my brother and I were pretty adept with the microwave since we were 5 or 6 (with adult supervision of course). That or they bought food for us before leaving for work. Mostly the latter.

    Like I said though, my brother and I weren't going to burn down the house, and we were TV zombies. We also gorged ourselves on junk food -- like fruit rollups.
    Last edit by rumwynnieRN on Jan 29, '13 : Reason: changed "were" to "weren't."
    loriangel14 and Fiona59 like this.
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    Oh, and both my parents worked night shift, 12 hours, plus my mom called every 5 minutes. We didn't want to be interrupted while we watched whatever we were watching.
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    How old is your "kid"?

    I only left my children overnight when the youngest was 10. I worked 8 hour nights. They were still asleep when I came home. The xbox tournaments ran late.
    DizzyLizzyNurse and loriangel14 like this.
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    Thanks for the replies. He's 11. He's not ready now, but my child care situation feels like a house of cards. It's one shift a week, Friday nights. There would be much junk food and t.v., but that I can live with. It wouldn't even cross my mind if I had alternatives. Sigh...
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    Whenever the child is ready. Some kids are ready at ten. Some kids aren't ready at seventeen!
    tewdles and roser13 like this.
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    It really does depend on the kid. 11 is probably too young. My 13 year old doesn't even like us to go to bed before her if her sister is not home, so she wouldn't be able to. I might consider letting my 16 yo and 13 yo stay home alone overnight now. My 16 YO would be up almost all night reading or watching something on her computer. My 13 yo would fall asleep on the couch in the same room as 16 yo. They'd be OK together.
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    My mom left us at 12 & 7. My bro was the oldest and could cook. We survived!! We were like the other post- we watched TV. We lived in the country. I played outside when the weather was good with the dogs.
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    He's a "he" (boys mature later than girls) and there's only one of him. That's two strikes.

    On the other hand, just make sure he respects locked front/back doors. Give him enough junk food and TV that he won't think of trying to cook.

    Odds are VERY in favor of him being just fine. On the OTHER other hand, you may never get over the guilt.


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