Sure if they are old enough and mature enough. We occasionally leave our 4 older kids alone. They are 10, 9, 8 and 5. If we're going to be gone longer than an hour the 5yo comes with us and the older 2 have each stayed by themselves for a couple hours. My kids are very self-reliant and responsible. I don't even think twice about it. They don't do anything but sit and watch TV while we're gone. Just like I did when I was a kid when I was home alone (I was 8 and in charge of my 6yo brother for hours at a time... we enjoyed it).
at 1:45 PM on Jun. 10, 2011