How young is too young...? - page 3
...to leave your kid at home alone over a night shift?... Read More
Jan 30, '13Joined: Dec '03; Posts: 3,050; Likes: 5,019At 13, I was living in a large city and taking the city bus to a downtown high
school, by myself, and did well with this. I was a fairly mature kid when it came
to taking care of myself, cooking for myself, etc.. I was also fine with staying
by myself at this age; actually I think I was 11 or 12 when I started staying
by myself; no worries. However we had close friends who lived right next
door; that helped.
I can't imagine that I'll be able to leave my daughter at home by herself anytime
soon though. She's 10 now, old enough to be left alone for a quick trip up the
street to the store, but I think that's about all that she'll tolerate until she's about
15 or so. Just the kind of kid she is; very babied. =) Not just by me. =)
Jan 30, '13Joined: Nov '02; Posts: 6,054; Likes: 9,177Someone told me when my kids were younger that there were rules set forth by DSS and if you left your kids alone before a certain age, they'd be paying you a visit. I never did find out if it were true. My daughter started babysitting when she was 11 or 12. She thought it was ridiculous she could take care of someone else's kids but I wouldn't let her stay alone for more than an hour.
Jan 30, '13Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: Urology, ENT ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '11; Posts: 280; Likes: 183Quote from CapeCodMermaidMy parents were afraid of that, so before the age of 12, they had my grandmother "watch" me. "Watch" as in she was just there -- she was 70+ (died at....85? I don't remember), and only fulfilled the role of an adult being present. She did her thing, we did ours. There were a few times when my brother and I really were left home alone. I think CPS or whatever only really cares if someone knows kids are left alone and are causing a huge problem. After a huge thing with my mom's siblings after grandma died, mom wanted to be left alone -- so started my brother and I staying home alone when mom and dad went to work.Someone told me when my kids were younger that there were rules set forth by DSS and if you left your kids alone before a certain age, they'd be paying you a visit. I never did find out if it were true. My daughter started babysitting when she was 11 or 12. She thought it was ridiculous she could take care of someone else's kids but I wouldn't let her stay alone for more than an hour.
Jan 31, '13Joined: Aug '08; Posts: 1,862; Likes: 3,927In the state of Michigan, there is no "legal" age for leaving a child alone -- it all has to do with whether the child is being properly cared for, which all depends on the child's ability and comfort level.
If the child knows to get out of the house in the event of a fire (and where to go after exiting the building), they know to lock the doors / not answer the phone, they know how to prepare food, and they aren't freaked out by the whole thing, you can legally leave them alone at any age.