post #101 of 179
11/28/09 at 11:43pm
|There was a mom recently in the news who left her two young children at home while she went out, there was a fire, and both children died.|
8 hours alone regularly and 20 minutes ONCE are not the same thing. Working fire detectors would have made a huge difference too. Apples and oranges.
|Most city people are more uptight and paranoid about things, it seems. That's just the impression I get though, I've never lived in a city. So they would tend be more cautious about things. Country people tend to be more laid back, at least we are.|
I don't have time to read all the replies, but
VERY FEW STATES in the US have any laws about how old a child has to be to stay home alone or to babysit a sibling. That's called parenting. There are people in my state who often claim we have some kind of law about age 9 to stay alone for any period of time. It's not true.
IMO it is dangerous to think this way. If you want a gov't who tells people when their child is mature enough to stay home for a few minutes or a few hours, you're going to get a gov't who will tell you that you can't sleep with your baby or will go to jail if you don't vaccinate.
Now, I don't know that I would have done it, but I am pretty sure my grandmothers would have done it before the age of cell phones, and Caroline Ingalls would have done it leaving on a three-hour walking round trip to town in the age when we still had wolves and children cooked on wood burning stoves.
Also, while I would not have left an 8-year-old home alone or with a baby, for any amount of time, I find this city/country thing interesting. It would seem much safer to do this in the city, especially in an apartment building where a kid could run next door for help. In the country he might have the terrible choice of trying to raise help on the phone or leaving the baby to get help.