When to leave kids home alone?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2000
When to leave kids home alone?
Fri, 03-23-2012 - 9:29am

I know this is a question I ask myself occasionally.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-15-2001
Sat, 03-24-2012 - 8:03am
Alex is 9 (almost 10) and I have done the same as you, ran Luke to Pre-K when he was home sick. I was ok with that since it is 10 min total. Nathan is going on 8 and even sick I would not leave him home alone, just a different personality. I'm thinking 11-12, I'll be OK leaving Alex for longer time, like running errands. Overnight, I don't know that I'll ever be comfortable with that. Baby sitting, we'll see...
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Registered: 05-04-2011
Sat, 03-24-2012 - 12:28pm

I would consider leaving Monkey home alone when he's eight, maybe, just for a few minutes, but honestly, I'm not sure what sort of situation that might be -- nothing I do takes 'just a few minutes'!