What are some signs that your child is ready to handle staying home alone, or being home between end of school and your arrival home from work, or even if they're sick one day?
It really depends on the child. My eldest is very responsible and thinks before jumping. I know he is unlikely to do something that will burn down the house or invite trouble in. My youngest, on the other hand, I suspect I won't let her stay home by herself until she was older than her brother was when he began staying home by himself -- age 12.
When your child says they are ready, it's mostly a matter of when they think they won't be afraid to stay in the house by themself. Then, it's up to you to decide if they are ready at 12 or 15; it's your choice of when you feel comfortable with this big change -- not your child's decision.
Regardless, start slowly. Try a trip to the grocery store for a while, then build up to an hour or two, then more as the child proves they can be responsible on their own, they know not to answer the door (my friend tells her son not to answer the phone when there aren't any adults in the home), use the stove/oven, don't put metals (and tin foil) in the microwave, etc.
You also need to know the legal age minimum for being unsupervised at home, it varies by juristiction.
Sometimes you do what you have to do regardless of the laws and jurisdiction. Jurisdiction is not going to feed your family. i used to leave my 4.5 years old with his baby brother as a babysitter for a couple of hours. Never had any problems but fully understood the risk of doing that.
I had no idea there were laws for this!
This is great advice; a build up to trust. I think that would work toward more peace of mind when you're out for a few hours. Excellent.
Of course you can't always follow the letter of the law, but it pays to know what it is. Also to leave the kid with instructions and people they can contact if something unexpected happens.
I remember being home alone for hours at the age of 9, but I was too much of a bookworm to get into any trouble, and would have been too scared of getting into trouble anyway.
I know of another lady who's 4 year old girl is home alone with her 6 month old sister quite frequently. I think 6 months is a bit too young to leave with a 4 year old though.
by Peeples 23 months ago
At what age is it considered ok to leave a responsible child home alone for an hour?
by PhoenixV 7 years ago
What Is The Legal Age For A Child To Stay Home Alone?What Is The Legal Age For A Child To Be Allowed To Stay Home Alone By Themselves?
by eye say 8 years ago
How old do you think a child should be before they are left o their own at home for 30 minutes?
by Devika Primić 23 months ago
Would you consider leaving an under twelve year old home alone?Sometimes it is difficult to find someone to take care of your child. Parents work all day it is expensive to pay for daycare. That depends on where you are living. To leave an under twelve year old at home all day is that...
by Marc Rohde 23 months ago
At what age would you leave your child home alone?I was reading an article on a well known parenting site that talked about children at home alone answering the door and the age range in the was much, much lower than I would ever consider. I'm curious what your thoughts are on when a child...
by Annie 5 years ago
Should you allowed children under 12 years old to walk home alone from school?Are we moving forward, when it comes to crime, or are we moving backward?
Copyright © 2020 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
HubPages Inc, a part of Maven Inc.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|