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New guidelines from Prevention magazine suggest that some 8-year-olds can be left home alone for short amounts of time. At what age do you think kids can start being left alone?

At what age did you leave your kids? At what age were you left alone?

7 or younger (0.0%)

8-9 (13.1%)

10-12 (47.5%)

13-15 (34.2%)

16+ (5.3%)

New guidelines from Prevention magazine suggest that some 8-year-olds can be left home alone for short amounts of time. At what age do you think kids can start being left alone?
  • Jenny391 By Jenny391
    on Nov 28, 2018  

    My brother and I came home from school every day by ourselves. We were latch key kids, as were all the other kids we knew. Our parents worked. I would watch my brother and get dinner started so we could eat when my dad came home. It taught us independence and problem solving that has helped us be productive adults. Today's parents are so smothering. It amazes me that they have time to drive their kids to and from school! Why not just send them on the bus so they can interact with their friends. Don't parents want independent children?

  • Ttwaweru By Ttwaweru
    on Nov 28, 2018  

    With the way life and the world is I just can?t see leaving my kids alone until they are teenagers. But we also live in a pretty big city.