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Things to Remember when leaving kids under twelve Home Alone

Updated on April 3, 2018
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Parent responsibilities

At what age should a parent leave their child home alone?

You may not think of this question being asked in this modern day, but I think it is still an important question.

The many mishaps still happen to any family, and a question such as this one must be asked by concerned parents.

Is it character building to leave your under twelve year old at home alone?

Some mothers feel it is a perfect decision for their child to be left home alone.

Do you realize that perfect decision could be your worst nightmare at some point?

I know of a parent who often leaves her under twelve year old home alone daily.

This woman doesn’t seem to be concerned as I am about the idea of leaving her young child home alone.

In her opinion, her child is old enough and doesn’t require constant care.

Kids left alone all day while their parents are at work, and spending the many hours with devices is not a healthy idea for any child.

Being alone at home at such a young age can scare the child and cause emotional issues.

A noise heard from the outside, or a scary conversation told will make that child wonder of the worst scenario.

Some parents feel their children under the age of twelve are capable of being left home alone.

A child’s confidence grows when left alone and the parent’s confidence too.

In our village children are safe, and parents don’t have that constant care over kids. Neighbors are nearby and no one is a stranger in our community.

It felt strange, but then realized how parents raise their kids here.

The friendly community help each other and that makes a difference for the working mother.

Confidence grows and responsibilities are taken seriously.

Kids have mobile phones and know how to contact their parents if needed.

It depends where you live and how safe is your community to leave children free.

What happens when your child is hurt and they can’t manage that incident on their own?

It is not a bad idea to leave your child home alone with no risks.

You think everything is childproof and very safe, but you have an insecure thought in your mind, and still got no choice but to leave your child home alone.

Your child is familiar with your home and surroundings, in this way the child knows how to move around easily and comfortably.

Trust is an issue as well.

Would you rather hire someone to babysit your child?

It is an expensive way to go to hire a babysitter.

Most parents are not financially secure to hire a babysitter.

It is possible that you would find a broken vase but that doesn’t mean your child isn’t irresponsible.

The problem with children when they are left alone, they begin to feel nervous, or excited and don’t know what to do first.

Unfortunately, they bump into whatever is kept on the side in the passage way.

Kids need to be warned about opening the door to strangers or anyone else.

It is not a good idea to answer the door when parents are not home.

This calls for serious matters.

Anything can happen in the moment.

Appliances should be off limits.

Children gain their independence when left home alone at a young age this helps their parents and themselves.

Choking is a risk for your child!

Don’t leave your child alone if eating is a problem.

Also, if your child is disabled, never leave that child home alone.

Under no circumstances should you leave firearms in child's view.

Their curious minds could cause a fatal accident.

Children under the age of twelve left home alone should use their time to read, listen to music, and watch movies.

I know leaving children home alone, especially under the age of twelve is tricky.

It is by law an offence to leave your child home alone if they are at risk.

You, as the parent should know if your child is mature for their age.

Even leaving your child alone in the car is not appropriate.

Do you think children under twelve are capable to take care of themselves when left home alone?

Children who still need supervision shouldn’t be left home alone.

Children can become sad to be left home alone.

Is your child mature to know the difference from a stranger and a family member?

Remember to leave your contact number with your child.

Only leave contact numbers with trustworthy individuals.

Children are not to answer the door to anyone they are not familiar with including strangers.

The other problem with children, they are not often familiar with people and can risk opening the door to just anyone.

Do not leave any sharp objects and knives for easy access to your child.

Let your child know your time of arrival back home, and keep up to that time frame.

Any medication or detergents should be out of your child’s sight.

Make a clear instruction sheet in the case of any emergency.

It is easy to leave basic rules written for your child to follow through.

A first aid kit must be left for easy access, in case of an injury.

Who do you trust to babysit your child?

Apart from the expense it will hold over your head, trusting some stranger with your child will cause more concern.

How would you know if your child is mature to stay home alone?

Whether, you have one child or more than one child, no child has the same interests.

One child will follow the basic guidelines, while the other won’t find it necessary to follow basic guidelines.

In other words, consider your rules carefully when leaving children home alone.

What is the age and maturity level of your child?

How many hours is too long for your child to left child home alone?

You have to know if your child can follow basic guidelines.

Is your neighborhood safe to leave your child alone on any given day?

Are your neighbors helpful and trustworthy to check in on your child?

Will your child feel safe when left home alone?

If you have older kids they can take care of your under twelve year old.

Only you know your child best, so use your judgment when leaving your child home alone.

You don’t want to show neglect when leaving your child home alone.

Any parent concerned about their children will know if it is a right decision to leave their under twelve year old home alone.

A decision that can ruin your life forever or the decision can show you, your child is capable of responsibility in a positive way.

Should your kids answer the telephone?

Are they capable of doing their homework when home alone?

Are they allowed to use the computer?

Do you permit your child to have friends over when home alone?

Are your children allowed to visit the neighbor’s house when home alone?

I have advised you on the things to remember when leaving your under twelve year old home alone.

However, as much as I would like to feel safe in my heart to have left an under twelve year old home alone, I don't agree with any parent who chooses to do leave their under twelve year old home alone.

If taught well, children can focus and be responsible, but what do you think?

In a split second that child's life can change for the worst.

This can happen in house burglary and your child can be snatched by robbers.

You will never forgive yourself if that happened!

Has age got anything to do with responsibility?

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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you Larry Rankin.

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      Larry Rankin 

      11 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great tips!

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Eric, thank you for comments. Times have changed and a lot of weird people lurk around.

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      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lind Crampton, exactly my point the dangers can arise at anytime but when parents are not home that makes the danger look at it worst. Thank you

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      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Patricia Scott thank you kindly for the comment.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whoa! Leaving a 12 year old for more than at the extreme maybe 4 hours is a little weird.

      But I matured very early and parents would leave me to babysit at that age. But I knew all the neighbors and sometimes they would come and check up on me.

      Yep, indeed times are different.

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      Linda Crampton 

      11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It may be a difficult decision to make and depends to some extent on the specific situation, but in general I think it's a bad idea to leave children under twelve on their own at home. There are too many potential dangers.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Dora thank you for stopping by. I do agree with you.

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      Patricia Scott 

      11 months ago from sunny Florida

      It is risky to leave young children at home alone. It is a much different world than the one I grew up in ....your advise is well advised....certainly hope many read and heed your suggestions.

      Angels are once again on the way. So nice to hear from you. ps

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      Dora Weithers 

      11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Parents who leave their kinds under 12 at home, and return home meeting everything in order should consider themselves very fortunate.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It is a tough choice and I do agree with the laws. Working parents sometimes have no choice. Something I would never and have not done. Thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      In some states it is against the law to leave kids under 12 unattended. It’s a tough choice.

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