My good good friend leaves her 16 year old daughter home alone approximately 2 to 3 nights a week. Is this ok? She has been doing this for a couple of years. I was under the impression that their live in uncle was there every night and her daughter wasn't alone. I just found out that the live in uncle isn't there most of the time. I told her that her daughter should never stay home alone and she could stay with me when the uncle isn't going to be home. I read another thread here that said 16 or 17 is the age when they can spend the night alone but this is a few times a week. Like I said she has been doing it for a couple of years and all has been good. However that doesn't mean that something couldn't still happen.
What do you think? And if you think that the daughter shouldn't stay alone that many nights a week how should I approach that with her? My girlfriend is spending those nights at her boyfriends house. I know the daughter doesn't want to spend the night at the boyfriends. I wish she would just stay with me when her Mom isn't going to be home. You should also know that I don't have children and that fact might complicate things if the majority think that she is taking an unnecessary risk by leaving her daughter alone overnight that many nights a week.