I was reading the other thread about the woman who left her 2month old, 3 yo and 4 yo home alone. How old do you think a child can be before being left home alone? I admit, I've left my 9 y.o. home alone for brief periods. Like when I was going to a play date in the neighborhood and he didn't want to come. He could easily have walked to the house where I was and I left him the phone # of where I was. He's a mature, responsible child and we've discussed safety rules. (He shouldn't answer the door or phone, no going online when I'm not there, he must keep the dog inside with him.) And there's a park right across the street from my house. So sometimes I take my 5 yo and 2 yo there and the 8 & 9 year olds stay home. But I'm right across the street. They can get me at any time. And I sometimes let my 9 year old walk to the corner store by himself. He doesn't need to cross any busy streets. It's less than a quarter of a mile from our house. So what do you all think?
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2/2/02 at 5:22pm