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post #161 of 179
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Originally Posted by lovemybubus View Post
And for the record, I trust the mom's judgment. Not all kids are responsible by the "legal" age and some are responsible way before that. I don't think a loving mom would put her children in danger.
Sorry, I have to say that this just isn't true. We're foster and emergency care parents, and I see lots of parents who love their kids but still put them in danger. (Moms and dads.)
post #162 of 179
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Originally Posted by lovemybubus View Post
Just a question:
If child services were called, would they really take the kids away or is that just part of people's what-ifs??

And for the record, I trust the mom's judgment. Not all kids are responsible by the "legal" age and some are responsible way before that. I don't think a loving mom would put her children in danger.

If CPS found a 8 yr old caring for an infant here YES in a heart beat. It is neglect/ abandonment on the part of the infant. The 8 yr old can legally stay alone for short periods of time here but NOT care for someone. "I" would not want my children pull out of my home even for 48hrs and put in emergency foster care till you pleaded your case. Its not something I would want to put on my 8 yr old to remember not to let it slip he is left alone with his infant sibling.
post #163 of 179
I have a very mature and responsible 10 year-old daughter that I would not leave at home alone. That being said, this singular incident is over and you can always choose different next time. When I had an 8 year-old and infant at home and my ex-husband and I only had one car, I often stayed at home without a car if we were unable to take the children along to drop him at work (one of the children being sick, waking up late, etc.) It wasn't fun, and I am happy to have a much better financial situation and be a multiple car family (if we didn't live so far out of town, that wouldn't matter to me anyway).
post #164 of 179
Yes I would OP. I was also that same 8yr old & I watched my then baby sister all the time.
post #165 of 179
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Originally Posted by rere View Post
Yeah, uh, that site quotes an NBC station in Augusta that Georgia has a minimum age to be home alone. We don't. Shockingly, the source for laws on age to be home alone is going to be an actual law.
post #166 of 179
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Originally Posted by RiverSky View Post
In our county, it's illegal to leave a child alone for more than a minute until they are 12 or older. I agree with all of the other posters who think this is a major CPS risk. The children would be immediately taken away in our area, if this were found out.
There is no legal minimum age in my state for children to be left at home, or to babysit. So I definitely varies from state to stat



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Originally Posted by ThoughtFullMama View Post
I did - before I left the house. I said 'what if I leave you here with DD while I take Daddy to work?' And he looked at me with a look of surprise and delight and pride and said 'yeah, sure Mom.'

That's sweet. I was going to say that I would ask my DS if he was ok with it and if he was I would trust that and my instincts. My DS has always been very realistic and accurate in his judgments about what responsibilities he's been ready to handle.
post #167 of 179
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Originally Posted by pigpokey View Post

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.
This is an old thread, but I just wanted to say that she actually wouldn't-- according to the Plum Creek book, she took Carrie to town with her at age three (explicitly because she was too little to be without Ma) rather than leave her at home with Mary and Laura (9 & 6, or something like that).... and, along the same lines, when she *did* leave them all a little later, there was a blizzard and they were almost snowed in..... and they were not allowed to touch the stove.
post #168 of 179
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Originally Posted by RiverSky
In our county, it's illegal to leave a child alone for more than a minute until they are 12 or older.
Wow. So you can't even walk down to grab your mail from the curb while your 11-year-old is inside? That's a ridiculous law.

I think it would probably be OK if the child were actually alone for 20 minutes. It's really just the responsibility of watching a baby I think is too much.
post #169 of 179
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Originally Posted by MaterPrimaePuellae View Post
This is an old thread, but I just wanted to say that she actually wouldn't-- according to the Plum Creek book, she took Carrie to town with her at age three (explicitly because she was too little to be without Ma) rather than leave her at home with Mary and Laura (9 & 6, or something like that).... and, along the same lines, when she *did* leave them all a little later, there was a blizzard and they were almost snowed in..... and they were not allowed to touch the stove.
That might have been because she was still bf'ing a nine and six year old can't do that! And even if she was almost weaned, being gone all day long with a baby still even partially bf'ing is a bad idea. So it may not have been their ages. Just saying.
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post #171 of 179
Love these old threads!

I'll just add that I can see myself doing that once or twice but I wouldn't make a habit of it and would worry the whole time.
post #172 of 179
Probably, but I'd recognize that it might be illegal in my state (when I was growing up the age was 10 in Oregon) and I'd look up the law afterward before I shared what I did with all and sundry.

Oh, and "probably" is based on the fact that since you were comfortable with it, your son must've had the maturity level to give you confidence in the situation. I don't mean that I'm likely to leave 8 year olds alone with or without infant siblings .
post #173 of 179
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
Wow. So you can't even walk down to grab your mail from the curb while your 11-year-old is inside? That's a ridiculous law.
I think the laws are usually worded so that "home alone" refers to the property. Also "a minute" is more than enough time to go get the mail.
post #174 of 179
FIRST: it depends on the child. I was also a very mature 8-year-old. I think I was more like 9 or 10 when I first watched the neighbor kids (both talking, so not infants) across the street, while my mom was home, for a short time (less than two hours).

SECOND: It depends on the child. I did know a family who left their ~11-year-old boy at home while taking the younger child on an errand. The 11-year-old called his Mom, he woke up and the house was on fire. He got himself out just fine. The house was burnt to the ground, but the family was all safe (even the pets).

THIRD: I wouldn't suggest making a habit of it. 8's pretty young to have this responsibility on a regular basis.

I don't remember when the first time I babysat my then-three younger siblings while my parents were gone. Probably 11, since this was Nebraska and apparently NE actually legislated that age.

The first time or so, as an occasional responsibility, it was absolutely an honor and a privilege. "Yeah, sure. No problem."

It was the regular, more than once a week and sometimes day-in & day-out, unpaid and very rarely rewarded babysitting, throughout my teenage years, of all five sibs (two baby brothers born while I was in high school), plus acting as family chauffeur, etc. that I resented.

Since when does 15 days an old thread make?
post #175 of 179
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Originally Posted by journeymom View Post
Love these old threads!

I'll just add that I can see myself doing that once or twice but I wouldn't make a habit of it and would worry the whole time.
This.

As long as he was Ok with it, I KNEW the baby was going to sleep till I was back, and that DS knew what to do if baby woke up early, I might do it.

I am not into what-ifs ruling our lifes....

Moreover, the liklihood of an responsible 8 year old and a sleepping baby coming to harm is no greater in a house than in a car (what with the accident rates).

I would not do it regularly -on an emotional level it is too much responsibility to saddle a young child with.

I also think it is interesting that people are upset it is a baby/ 8yr old combo. I would be less inclined to leave an 8 year old with a toddler or young preschooler than a baby. Babies cannot get out of their crib, and are often quite safe if you put them on the floor with baby safe toys (or in an exersaucer for crawler). Toddlers though? Nope...they move, lol.
post #176 of 179
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Since when does 15 days an old thread make?
It's all relative, but there was an 8 day laps between post #166 and #167. The thread was started November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, and I only posted yesterday.

Though I suppose that's not as bad as the periodic resurrection of the Service Chicken thread.
post #177 of 179
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Originally Posted by 2xy View Post
Leaving a baby to cry means ignoring the baby.
I agree with chinaKat re: the CIO thing, and I'm really not understanding how LEAVING the baby at home, attended to only by another small child, while you go somewhere, is somehow better than ignoring the baby while you're there in the same house?

I also have to second the point that a PP made upthread: What if the 8-year-old is the one injured/choking/etc. instead of the baby? Who would help him?
post #178 of 179
i remember babysittting for neighbors with children when i was *10*. times have changed. back in the day, parents wouldn't have thought twice about leaving an 8 year old with a sleeping infant for 20 minutes.

that said, if you were to do it again, make sure there is a next door neighbor home and "on call" should an emergency arise, and that your son has that phone number written down right next to the phone.

the CPS threats, notwithstanding.
post #179 of 179
No... And I say "no" as someone who was a child that young left alone to "babysit" by a neglectful single father...sometimes overnight even. While nothing happened to me, it was just not a good age to be left alone—even for a few hours.

Sometimes things seemed okay, but there were times it was scary to be alone. If an accident had happened to myself or my sister, it would have not been good at all. Even though I'd just have to go to a neighbor, it'd have been very traumatic to deal with without my folks, and I could totally imagine that CPS would have been involved if we ended up at the hospital.
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