+ Reply to Thread
Page 4 of 5 FirstFirst ... 2345 LastLast
Results 31 to 40 of 44
  1. #31
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Mackay
    Posts
    6,275
    Thanks
    809
    Thanked
    2,399
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    I have left dd1 and 2 who would have been 4 and 2 at the time alone for a few minutes while I ducked to the corner shop literally next door... mind you I could still hear them clear as day and was never more than a minute or 2.

    me + he = dd1 (July 2007), dd2 (July 2010), dd3 (August 2012), dd4 (due May 2014) + sil (1997)

  2. #32
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    17,747
    Thanks
    5,085
    Thanked
    8,691
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 posts
    Awards:
    Past Moderator - Thank you
    100 Posts in a week
    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie_eyes View Post
    Hahahahahahaha. Total genius
    Don't forget to nominate...funniest old kitty!

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to misskittyfantastico For This Useful Post:

    Zombie_eyes  (28-04-2014)

  4. #33
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    4,316
    Thanks
    1,551
    Thanked
    2,536
    Reviews
    10
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    @goldtoe I'm French and it's def not cultural to leave a 6yo (let alone younger kid) alone at home.
    Actually a French friend of mine just fired her au pair cause she left the 4yo daughter alone at home for 20 min.

    We'd start at "the age of reason" which is 7yo.

  5. #34
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    1,017
    Thanks
    315
    Thanked
    584
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    Whatever do you mean? My children were home alone making cheesecake at two, but I realise all two year olds are different.
    Can you come and impart your wisdom on my 15mth old? Maybe she could be cooking dinner by 2, she is very smart and with a step ladder could easily reach the stove.

  6. #35
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Hobart, Tasmania
    Posts
    5,946
    Thanks
    1,973
    Thanked
    2,080
    Reviews
    16
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    I left 6yo DS1 once. He was sick, on the couch watching TV. It was cold and rainy and I had to take DD to school. We live in an awesomely quiet, small town. I was gone no longer than 7 minutes. I took the 4 and 2 year olds with me.

    I got back and he hadn't moved. I gave him the choice and he's been tje only case of it happening. Would I do it again? I don't know, in the same circumstances, probably. But no younger than 6yo and NOT on a regular basis or for any longer periods.

    But I do also let DD 7 and DS1 6 catch the bus home from school and go to the park alone. But I can see them from the house

    Maybe I'm just too "freerange"?

  7. #36
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    1,869
    Thanks
    879
    Thanked
    1,201
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    My ex-dh let ds (then aged 4) home alone whilst he went out to get himself a coffee. He also thinks its ok to leave an 11 yo to babysit 2 boys aged 3 & 5 till at least midnight

    I wouldn't leave ds or dd home alone till they are mentally/emotionally old enough- say 10-12 years. I was catching buses and walking 3kms home alone from school at the age of 5 and was allowed to walk to the shops on my own at 7 yo but I feel it was a different time then. In saying that I have let my ds ride his bike to post a letter at the end of the street (a fair distance but I can still see him).

  8. #37
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    4,661
    Thanks
    1,961
    Thanked
    2,567
    Reviews
    6
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    I've left my 2 kids alone in the house for up to 20 minutes before. I don't know how old they were but the oldest is turning 4 this week.
    They were both asleep and if I didn't go and help hubby tow a tractor then our crops wouldn't have got sown.

  9. #38
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    413
    Thanks
    136
    Thanked
    154
    Reviews
    2
    My DD1 is about to turn ten, and we leave her home watching tv/ playing while we work in the paddocks for up to an hour at a time. Situation is a bit different though, as she could yell out, walk up to us if she needs to (no mobile phones though as we live out of mobile range).

    Otherwise, if anything here was only a ten minute drive away, I would have no issue leaving her home for 10-20 mins.

    She also walks to the bus stop on her own (150m away, on a bush track, no roads to cross), and has done so since she was 6.

    DD2 (2.5) is always closely supervised.

  10. #39
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    299
    Thanks
    14
    Thanked
    43
    Reviews
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by BbBbBh View Post
    He also thinks its ok to leave an 11 yo to babysit 2 boys aged 3 & 5
    Age is just one factor. I know one 11yo girl who more than mature enough, and some adults I wouldn't trust to baby-sit. A lot of 11-year-olds have been so sheltered their whole lives, they'd have no idea how to cope if something went wrong. Others have had a little freedom and become resourceful and confident.
    Last edited by goldtoe; 29-04-2014 at 09:58.

  11. #40
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    8,245
    Thanks
    1,772
    Thanked
    2,017
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a weekBusiest Member of the Week - Most posts for the week ended 19/6/2014
    I let my 9 year old stay home when I go shopping or the likes. He has a mobile and facebook messenger on his ipad.
    He knows not to answer the door or cook anything.
    I haven't had any problems, generally he is sitting in the exact same spot, doing the exact same thing once we get back.

    Sent from my GT-I9505 using The Bub Hub mobile app


 

Similar Threads

  1. Question on "Parental Leave Pay" and "Family Tax Benefit"
    By StellaG in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 19-06-2013, 07:41
  2. Paid parental leave "keeping in touch" with employee
    By BigRedV in forum General Chat
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 07-06-2013, 21:38

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Einsteinz Music
Make music at Einsteinz Music in age-appropriate class in Sydney's Inner West, Eastern Suburbs or North Shore. For ages 6 mths - 4 yrs. All music is live! Christmas Gift certificates available for full term or casual classes. Call 0431 338 143
sales & new stuffsee all
The Health Hub
Give a new mum a fitness boost for Christmas & New Year. Studio-based, small group training sessions - cardio, strength, core, Pilates & boxing. Choice of 16 hrs per week, flexible-arrival feature - bubs & kids welcome! Gift vouchers available.
featured supporter
Sarah Tooke Childbirth & Parenting Education
Providing private, personalised antenatal childbirth & parenting education to expectant parents in the comfort of their own home. Sessions are flexible, including everything that hospital based programs cover. Click to find out more!
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!