Maybe I am a bit overprotective but I am concerned about my (just turned 16 years old last week) neighbor. His mother has gone to Greece (we live in the USA) for five weeks leaving him home alone. He seems comfortable with it. She stocked the house with food and gave him some money. All the neighbors know that she is gone and his older brother (in his 20s) will "check in" on him from time to time (I have no idea why his brother doesn't stay at the house). Still this bothers me. My oldest DD will be 16 in August and I can't imagine leaving her home alone for that long. Maybe for a weekend but certainly not five weeks. I like to think that I am pretty liberal when it comes to letting kids learn how to navigate alone in the real world. I did offer the boy a ride to and from school as well as, he can come over or call if he needs anything.