What is the age that you think that a child can be left alone? If they were mature for their age?

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What is the age that you think that a child can be left alone? If they were mature for their age?

XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
What is the age that you think that a child can be left alone? If they were mature for their age?

I would say 15 or 16
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Ansley , Ryuson , ghent529 , WhoopieDoo , legna , SMichelle , xOhxSoxScandalousx , damnbul12 , Missmarc , MissCandyland , skeeterlynn , K101 , angel42539
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sasshole , amazon , brevado , K101
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unfulfilled , padmeamidala , hhh , skeeterlynn , brevado , K101
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LostinLife , ghent529 , melissa1973 , ViVix , BlooJay , Dixiemomma , Lioncub , ksparkles16 , Allstars316 , Leather & Lace , K101 , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , sunkissedJess
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<3BF , leanright69 , Sundae Sparkles , Lildrummrgurl7 , Rossie , CaliGirl , spookycutie , Michelle Conner , sexxxkitten , chikisses , Bullfroggy and Rose , Ex-prude , Sammi , MrWishyWashy , Gone (LD29) , bayosgirl , Zombirella , Leather & Lace , Andrey2052 , Undecided , Mwar , dv8 , Melan!e , Mikemanz , yw2 , Xarien , marshmallow , Bignuf , gsfanatic , Moniqua
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Sera26 , MK434 , gypsymama , Sodom and Gomorrah , ToyGeek , icelandia , LovesAPoet , Nyx (Under the Covers) , Intrepid Niddering
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Total votes: 75 (68 voters)
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Ansley Ansley
State law says babysitters have to be at least twelve years old, so that would be my default answer. But, I still think a child should not be left alone for the weekend by themselves until they are fourteen or fifteen and even then a neighbor should stop by and check in on them once in awhile.
08/29/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
If it's for the night I also would say that 11 or 12 would be a good age, but if it's for a longer period of time I think that 14 would be a better age. I was on my own almost every day at 12, running around town and such, and I did fine. Looking back on it I wouldn't let my OWN kid do that, but in our own home I think that they can hold down the fort at that age.
08/29/2012
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
We have a neighbor who leaves their child who is 10 or 11 for a long period of time and the child does not seem very mature for their age. I usually have my daughter check on the child to see if they are ok and what not.
08/29/2012
Cat E. Cat E.
I think eleven is an ok age.
08/29/2012
Sera26 Sera26
I've always been overly mature for my age and I started watching my younger sister when I was at most 10. Now I did know that I could go a couple of doors up and ask the neighbors for help if I had a problem and I was a straight A student so I wasn't a clueless child or anything. I really think that it depends on the child. It wasn't long periods of time, I'd say a couple of hours at most.
08/29/2012
LostinLife LostinLife
I would leave a 13 yr old home for a while but never over night maybe not till they are 16 and still then I would be having some one check on the house
08/29/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I don't think I could leave my kids alone until they were 16 and then I'd have a family member stop in and check on them.
08/29/2012
<3BF <3BF
It really depends on the kid and the situation I'm sure, but I wouldn't leave one alone any younger than 12 for any significant amount of time.
08/29/2012
ghent529 ghent529
13 or 14
08/29/2012
Beck Beck
I would say it depends on the child. At 10, I was babysitting and left home alone. Not for long periods of time, but I still did. By the time I was 12, I could be trusted to be left alone for overnight.

The Maturity of the child plays a huge part. I have a cousin who is 18 now, and I still wouldn't trust him to be alone because he isn't mature. I was mature at 10.

I have two boys and I plan to allow them to be alone when they have reached a maturity level I feel it would be appropriate for me to leave them alone. My state does not have a legal age that children can be left alone, so it's when I say.
08/29/2012
melissa1973 melissa1973
13 is a good age because they can do for themselves at that age, they know not to go anywhere or do anything that they wouldn't normally be allowed to do if we were there. Where I'm at the legal along age is 13 and I know that some kids can't even be left alone at that.
08/29/2012
Kitka Kitka
Quote:
Originally posted by <3BF
It really depends on the kid and the situation I'm sure, but I wouldn't leave one alone any younger than 12 for any significant amount of time.
I agree with this answer.
08/29/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
12 or 13, depending on the kid. I was left alone by the time I was in 5th grade. If the child is mature and able to care for themselves, I wouldn't have a problem leaving them alone. Then again, I've seen too many immature teenagers I'd never leave alone in my house for a long period of time.
08/29/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by XxFallenAngelxX
What is the age that you think that a child can be left alone? If they were mature for their age?

I would say 15 or 16
I'd say 13 with lots of rules of course. My brother was 12 when he stayed home with both my sister and I (ages 7 and 8) because my mom was a single mom and supported a family of 4 off of less than $20,000 per year. He taught us to ride bikes, swim, tie our shoes, etc. I never felt unsafe with him keeping us or being at home without an older babysitter.
08/29/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
I think it depends on the kid and how mature they are.
08/29/2012
spookycutie spookycutie
I think I was around 11 or 12 when my mom would leave me alone, but my sister was always there and is 2 years older. I think if she had been 11 or 12 it would have been fine, I don't remember either of us ever freaking out about her being gone haha.
It was never overnight, though.
08/29/2012
Khanner Khanner
When I was a kid, I was 10 before my mom left me alone, but I was definitely ready before that. She just had to cover her bases because that was the legal age. I remember her being extremely anxious the first time I stayed home alone.
08/29/2012
Michelle Conner Michelle Conner
Quote:
Originally posted by XxFallenAngelxX
What is the age that you think that a child can be left alone? If they were mature for their age?

I would say 15 or 16
i left my alone at 12
08/29/2012
sexxxkitten sexxxkitten
I would say 12 or 13.
08/29/2012
Dixiemomma Dixiemomma
i would say around 13-14 depending on the child. Mine is only 5 so i got a ways to go before thinking about that one!
08/29/2012
WhoopieDoo WhoopieDoo
About 13-16, depending on the child. I think I was 13 when my parents let me stay home alone.
08/29/2012
legna legna
I was left alone a couple of times at 13 but I would say at least 14. By then you are in middle school for sure and most parents have started teaching responsibility and what not by 12 or 13 so that gives time for them to learn it all first. I would say that they shouldn't be for very long time though. Maybe like when they first get home from school til you get off work in 2 to 3 hours or something like that. Longer than that, they shouldn't be.
08/29/2012
MK434 MK434
I say 11-12
08/29/2012
gypsymama gypsymama
Of course, it depends on the child, but I am comfortable leaving my 9 year old alone while I run to the store or across town. Would not leave her for extended periods though. I am totally fine leaving my 12 year old overnight.

I remember being home alone at the same ages when I was a kid and had no problems at all!
08/29/2012
chikisses chikisses
I say 11-12 but only for a couple of hours with frequent phone calls to check on them.
08/29/2012
sasshole sasshole
Quote:
Originally posted by XxFallenAngelxX
We have a neighbor who leaves their child who is 10 or 11 for a long period of time and the child does not seem very mature for their age. I usually have my daughter check on the child to see if they are ok and what not.
yea that's probably not safe
08/29/2012
sasshole sasshole
Quote:
Originally posted by XxFallenAngelxX
What is the age that you think that a child can be left alone? If they were mature for their age?

I would say 15 or 16
it probably depends on how long you would be leaving the child alone and if they in a safe neighborhood
08/29/2012
Bullfroggy and Rose Bullfroggy and Rose
Quote:
Originally posted by sasshole
it probably depends on how long you would be leaving the child alone and if they in a safe neighborhood
I agree
08/29/2012
Ex-prude Ex-prude
I was left alone at 9. I was also mature for my age, though.
08/29/2012
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