Chidren growing up...WAY too fast.

United States
September 14, 2007 5:40am CST
The wrold is a scary place these days, with predators lurking around every corner. My daughter just turned 10 and is hereby legalll allowed to remain by herself for a few hours with no supervision. The thought of this absolutely scares me to death. Are there ways to allow them the ability to be at home and also keep your sane while your away? I have bought her a cell phone just in case anything would happen she knows how to use it and is a very responsible child I just feel that 10 yrs. old is a little soon to let children be "on their own". What's your thoughts?
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• United States
24 Sep 07
I agree with the others. If you aren't comfortable leaving her alone then don't do it. I don't have a problem with it. I used to spend a lot of time alone when I was a kid. My mom would run to the store and leave me and my brother at home. We were 8 and 6. Nothing ever happened. We would just sit and watch TV then make sandwiches for lunch if she wasn't back. But my gramma lived downstairs and if my mom was gone more then an hour or two she would check on us and we knew if anything went wrong to get her. My kids have been left alone for about 10 minutes at a time while I took my oldest to the corner for the school bus. It made more sense them bundling them all up and making them stand in subzero weather while they had the flu. They were much younger. I feel no guilt. I had to do what I had to do.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
16 Sep 07
If you are uncomfortable with it you don;t have to do it just because it is legal to do so. I had older brothers that never stayed home when my parents were out so at 9 I spent time at home alone, but that was 20 years ago. Times have changed.
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
14 Sep 07
If your not comfortable with then just dont do it. Or start out slow. Leave her home alone while you run to the store for milk and bread. Then the next time make it a few minutes longer. Un til you are both comfortable with it. In our state even though it's legal to stay alone at ten, you can still claim child-care until they are 12. Good Luck...Our daughter will be 10 in November then we will be in your shoes.
@diillu (5128)
14 Sep 07
I also think that 10 years is way to early to let the child to be at their own. And with the current situation of the world I think it is just too early. In my time we were not allowed to be by ourselves until fifteen. I think it is not that early as in this age we know almost everything what to do and how to take care of ourselves as well.