kids home alone?

United States
March 13, 2009 10:47am CST
do you leave your kids home alone? i have a 7 and 9 year old step sons and i dont know whether they are ready to be left at home alone yet... i mean at that age i was but i didnt get into everything when my mom wasnt there and i pretty much was a good kid... i dont think my step sons are ready. what do you think? do you leave your kids home alone? what is a good age to start?
6 responses
@baileycows (3668)
• United States
13 Mar 09
No and I don't think that I will until she is almost an adult. But I have a very special child who has Type 1 diabetes. She has seizures and she is 8 years old. She doesnt quite no how to detect her blood sugar yet being low. So I think it will be a long time before I leave her alone and she has been diabetic since she was 2 so I really dont know what I would say if I had a normal child, but I think 7 and 9 are to young.
• United States
13 Mar 09
my hubby thinks they are old enough and i was at that age but i think it is based on maturity not age... i dont feel my step sons are ready at all
@Jody20 (887)
• Netherlands
15 Mar 09
My daughter is getting 9 years old next month but i think she's to young to be left alone for a long time. I will only leave her home alone if i know i'll be back within 30 minutes. I think 12 years is a good age to start, leavin her home alone for a afternoon.
@kezabelle (2984)
13 Mar 09
No but they are only 5 and almost 3, to be honest though i dont think I would leave a 7 and 9 year old alone at home no. I know every child is different and only you can judge if they are responsible enough to be left alone but for me I still think at that age they are prone to letting the excitement of being alone go to their heads and anything could happen and they most likely at that age will panic and not know what to do. Personally I would wait until they are at least 12 before allowing them to stay at home alone and even then it would be with some serious ground rules and never ever to look after a younger sibling that is not a responsibility a young child needs to have on their shoulders.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
13 Mar 09
In my opinion your step sons are way too young yet to be left alone. I'd wait until the oldest was a teenager and then maybe you could go out to the store for an hour.
@rainmark (4302)
13 Mar 09
I never yet tried to leave my baby alone at home or even when i am lookin' after with my little sibs before. It always worried me specially on that age, they still needs guidance and supervision and what if there's a stranger and do any harm to them or they can make any accident inside the house. Safety is very important to me. Happy posting.
@amanda333 (739)
• France
13 Mar 09
No way would I leave my children that young alone. I no its not always easy if you how to work ect, but get a good babysitter, please don't take the risk, you would never forgive yourself if anything happen to them. They are still very young, only babys really. My youngest of four children is ten, and no way would I leave her.