Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Long Island, NY
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I'd leave the 9yo home alone, but I wouldn't let a child babysit (no adult around at all) before age 11, no matter how responsible the children are. Some kids wouldn't be ready to babysit at 11, but 11 is my cutoff point (I wouldn't feel comfy letting a 10yo babysit, no matter how responsible that particular 10yo was.)
However, I wouldn't freak out if I found out that a neighbor or friend was doing this, the way I'd get upset and concerned if a friend was leaving a 5yo to babysit a 2yo (that's CPs worthy IMO). If it's a friend of yours who's letting their 9yo babysit, I advise you to keep your mouth shut. If you're the one considering doing it, I'd advise you not to.
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults