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@mommaj (22872)
United States
February 17, 2009 5:38pm CST
Should the law set the age limit that a child can stay at home at 8 years old? Shouldn't other factors be examined. If the kids' parents I know let them stay at home even though they are eight years old and the law says it's okay I think I would still call social services for the kids or a psychiatrist for the parents.
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@inertia4 (28075)
• United States
5 Jan 16
I think a good age to be left alone would be maybe around 16 years of age. Anything before that is not really a good idea.
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@mommaj (22872)
• United States
5 Jan 16
@inertia4 I agree. They tend to get in trouble or need things that they can't do for themselves and then they get upset.
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@inertia4 (28075)
• United States
6 Jan 16
@mommaj Right. My evil ex decided to take a vacation the beginning of March. She is taking the kids out of school and they are coming to stay with me. I don't think that is a good idea with them being out of school for 10 days. She is off the wall in her thinking. She used to be a wonderful mother. Now since she is with an out of work bum, she seems to have a hair brain.
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@mommaj (22872)
• United States
6 Jan 16
@inertia4 Wow. That is like right before the state testing and if your kids are in highschool and upper grammar school they will have a lot of work to make up. How crazy. She sounds like she lost her mind.
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@sharon6345 (196567)
• United States
25 Feb 16
I would sure offer to have them come over to my house before I called welfare on the parents. I would not ever leave an 8 year old alone like that. but,times ar hard and parents have to work. It's only nice and neighborly to off to help before bring hell to the lives of a family. My thoughts as a good neighbors.
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@mommaj (22872)
• United States
26 Feb 16
The school has after care for the students. I think it costs money though. I'm not sure how parents can afford it to be honest.
@sharon6345 (196567)
• United States
26 Feb 16
@mommaj That is why as a good person I would offer my help.
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@mommaj (22872)
• United States
26 Feb 16
@sharon6345 My circumstances won't allow for that. I think the kids should be in a safe environment though.
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I just found some information about leaving children home alone that I found and is very disturbing. Many States don't have an age limit that children can be left home alone. I was under the impression that there were laws regarding the age limit. Only 14 states have an age limit. That age limit ranges from 8 to 14. I had the police at my house (called by the ex) when I went to a meeting for about an hour not 3 miles form home, and had left my 13 year old son in charge of his younger siblings age 11,10 and 8. I thought it was alright since he had been left in charge before and I my self had started baby sitting at age 12. But it seems that many parents are doing it at the age of eight for economic reasons.
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Here's a web site that lists the states with the ages That kids can be left home alone http://www.latchkey-kids.com/latchkey-kids-age-limits.htm
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Thanks for the information. That's just scary. Shame on your ex. I started babysitting when I was young too. If your 13 year old son is capable then he should be left in charge to babysit. I was actually hired at 8 years old to watch a lady's children. She was in the house with me. She had her own clothing business and I would watch the kids as she worked.
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I really think that the age of eight is pretty young to be left alone for very long. It in a very small town so they pretty much had him figured out but had to stop by the house anyway.
@daneg33 (1131)
• Canada
17 Feb 09
Well my daughter is 8, almost 9, but I certainly wouldn't leave her at home alone. She is in daycare - before and after school care for at least one more year, then they have what is called a "Home Alone" course which she will be taking. Then and only then can she legally stay at home alone and it will only be for about an hour and 45 minutes from the time she gets off the school bus until my hubby gets home from work.
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Florida the age limit is eight. I just can't see an eight year old staying at home or letting him or her self into the house.