My neighborhood is fairly safe but I still would not let my daughter stay home alone. She is 8. Yet one of our neighbors lets their seven year old stay home while she runs to the store for milk. I would be afraid something could happen at the store and she would not know what to do. I do let her stay home if I run next door to drop something off or borrow something. But I can see the house and am gone about two minutes.Answer Question
Answer by yesmaam at 9:10 AM on Apr. 26, 2011
Answer by butterflyblue19 at 9:11 AM on Apr. 26, 2011
Answer by L0vingMy3Girls at 9:13 AM on Apr. 26, 2011
Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 9:14 AM on Apr. 26, 2011
http://www.latchkey-kids.com/latchkey-kids-age-limits.htm This recommends children be at least 12 yrs old.
Answer by L0vingMy3Girls at 9:15 AM on Apr. 26, 2011
Answer by SleepyCupcake at 9:17 AM on Apr. 26, 2011
Between 7 and 10. We are not talking about a couple hours after school, we are talking about a 30 minute run to the store. Gosh, at 12 we start babysitting, so they go from not being allowed home alone to babysitting?
Quote from above link:
A general rule of thumb is that kids under age seven aren't capable of thinking logically and putting cause and effect together," Tanner said. "They are reliant on caregivers to structure their day." Children between ages 7 and 10 years aren't generally ready to self-supervise for an extended period, but in a routine and predictable environment, such as just after school, they can manage, Tanner said. Children 12 and 13 years old should be judged on a case- by-case basis but should not be left alone overnight.
Answer by Candi1024 at 9:18 AM on Apr. 26, 2011
Answer by L0vingMy3Girls at 9:21 AM on Apr. 26, 2011
Answer by Melbornj at 9:41 AM on Apr. 26, 2011
Answer by meooma at 9:42 AM on Apr. 26, 2011