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at what age can you leave a child home alone?

and at what age can you have a child babysit a younger sibling?

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KristaRene

Asked by KristaRene at 4:16 PM on Jun. 11, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • I think the law varies by state. I believe in Ky it's 12 home alone and 14 or 15 for babysitting younger siblings, and 16 for non siblings. I could be wrong though.
    Kiwismommy19

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 4:18 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • We have a 13 yr old sitter who comes and sits while we go to diiner and out to the club..
    ArlieBeeMee

    Answer by ArlieBeeMee at 4:20 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • I think it depends on the child! Thirty years ago, when I was 12 I started babysitting--but I was very mature and responsible for my age. However, I know some 16 year olds TODAY who are very immature and irresponsible.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:27 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • Depends on where you live.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 4:30 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • Here in PA it's 12.
    Bethsunshine

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 4:37 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • Laws vary from state to state.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:48 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • I started watching my younger sisters at 9 years old.
    matthewscandi

    Answer by matthewscandi at 6:06 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

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