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    What is the appropriate age......

    to have your child stay home alone without a sitter for the summer? My daughter is 11, no siblings.......I was thinking in a couple of years at age 13.

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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    I think I was around 12 when my parents left me home alone.


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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    I'd think 11 would be too young for a kid to stay at home for an entire summer, you'd probably want to check on them atleast occasionally.



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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    We have the same question. My kid is 10. I think 12 is the age to stay home by himself. I do have a 7 year old daughter so I am not sure if it's o.k. when he hits 12 for her to stay home with him. Bunch of questions.


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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    Quote Originally Posted by BMFClone View Post
    to have your child stay home alone without a sitter for the summer? My daughter is 11, no siblings.......I was thinking in a couple of years at age 13.

    Any thoughts?
    Depends on when you want her to start having boys come over. My daughter wont be left alone until shes 30, at least.



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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    Quote Originally Posted by BMFClone View Post
    to have your child stay home alone without a sitter for the summer? My daughter is 11, no siblings.......I was thinking in a couple of years at age 13. Any thoughts?

    She'd probably be fine. But what is she supposed to do at home by herself, all day, every day, all summer? That sounds like torture. You can't allow her to have anyone over on your property or in your house unsupervised, so she'll be alone and unless she goes elsewhere. I'd spend the money to find somewhere for her to go and be around kids all day.



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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    A lot of it depends upon if they are ready to stay alone and take care of themselves for a little while... You could start by the wife and you taking a walk or taking off for an hour or two and see how she does; then slowly make it longer and longer until you reach the half-day or how ever many hours she will be by herself...

    Doing a few test runs like that should get both of you more comfortable with the idea...



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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    Goodness, I think I was around 10, but was pretty mature (not so much from ages 17-25). I actually took care of my little brother all summer when I was 13 and he was 6. 8-5 all day with a 13 y/o in charge. My folks would probably be arrested nowadays..lol

    Things were probably a little different back then, especially growing up in Iowa. I wouldn't leave my kid in charge of his younger brother at that age living in KC now.



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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    I believe it depends on the individual kids, their activities and their maturity level. Maybe more important, is what kind of support system is available to them. Are there grandparents and other relatives around to check on them and spend some days with them? Are there neighbors and kids in the neighborhood that can provide support? Are there summer programs that can keep her busy, occupied, and safe?

    One of my sister and my first summers home alone, we had an older teen with a car who was able to take us places and provide some activities for us.


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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    Just started doing that with my son (when absolutely necessary), and he just turned 13. I think that's about right. We still stop in at lunch, and I usually check in on him at midmorning and midafternoon by phone.



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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    Depends on your community. I grew up in a town of 2,500 people so I was left alone around the age of 10 and was fine. I now live in Omaha and there is no way 10 is old enough here.



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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    Quote Originally Posted by SvrWxCy View Post
    A lot of it depends upon if they are ready to stay alone and take care of themselves for a little while... You could start by the wife and you taking a walk or taking off for an hour or two and see how she does; then slowly make it longer and longer until you reach the half-day or how ever many hours she will be by herself...

    Doing a few test runs like that should get both of you more comfortable with the idea...
    This is what we did and it worked very well for us. We found out that my 4-year old does really well, as long as we take the 1-year old with us. When we leave them home together there seem to be problems.



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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    Quote Originally Posted by azepp View Post
    This is what we did and it worked very well for us. We found out that my 4-year old does really well, as long as we take the 1-year old with us. When we leave them home together there seem to be problems.
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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    Quote Originally Posted by azepp View Post
    This is what we did and it worked very well for us. We found out that my 4-year old does really well, as long as we take the 1-year old with us. When we leave them home together there seem to be problems.


    I was 11 when I started staying home alone and watching my 8 year old niece (yes, niece) with just us 2 around. There's no solid answer, it just depends on the maturity level of your child/children



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    Re: What is the appropriate age......

    In small towns I would say 10 is fine. That's how old I was when my parents left me home alone.
    If you wonder what they are going to do, I did a combination of: pulling weeds in the garden, going to the swimming pool, going to the library, playing NES, going to the park, etc. It's only 3 months, so it's not that difficult to find something to do. Heck, parents treat malls like a babysitter now a days.
    And for people that say 13, that's surprising to me. I was detasseling a couple years by then and driving my parents around everywhere when I was 14.



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