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Home alone at age seven?

My neighbor boy just came to see if my kids can play. He then told me that he was lonely and home alone. The kid is seven. I asked how long he has been home alone and he said a long time, that if he couldn't play at our house that he was going to go to his grandma's. That he had already locked his house up and wanted to come in. As I was talking to him I saw his parents drive up. He saw them and ran home.

What justification is there to leave a seven year old home alone...EVER?

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Asked by SleepingBeautee at 10:12 PM on Jul. 20, 2013 in General Parenting

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  • None! That isn't even LEGAL in most states. Who the fuck leaves a kid that young home alone?!

    Answer by kmath at 10:14 PM on Jul. 20, 2013

  • WTF, that poor kid.

    Answer by DJDNY at 10:21 PM on Jul. 20, 2013

  • Wow. There's never a good reason to do that.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 10:24 PM on Jul. 20, 2013

  • My heart is breaking for that child :( He's probably in trouble for leaving the house. Who does that to a 7 year old?

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 10:39 PM on Jul. 20, 2013

  • Yikes. Poor kid

    Answer by tntmom1027 at 10:45 PM on Jul. 20, 2013

  • That has neglect written all over it.

    Answer by Ballad at 10:56 PM on Jul. 20, 2013

  • Never in a million years would I leave my DS(8yo) by himself I feel guilty walking to the mailbox which is in our "short" driveway Scary!

    Answer by liss05 at 11:01 PM on Jul. 20, 2013

  • I don't even let our 9, and 10 yr old boys out in the pool in the backyard alone.... Ugh, I just don't understand some people. IMO, there's no excuse for leaving a little innocent child alone anywhere.

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 11:29 PM on Jul. 20, 2013

  • Bad parents. I have a 7 year old and would never do that.

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 12:07 AM on Jul. 21, 2013

  • Check your laws. You can report it you know.

    Answer by Dardenella at 12:23 AM on Jul. 21, 2013

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