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    Default what age to leave child home alone?

    my 8 yr old son is off sick from school. he spent today in the hospital and can not travel far in the car due to his level of illness. I have a $12k peice of uni equipment i need to return by tomorrow otherwise i incur costs of over $1k per day. I was thinking of having my next door neighbour come over every 30 minutes and check on my son while i return the equipment.

    what age would you leave a child at home alone?

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    I would not leave an 8 year old home alone who was not well enough to travel in the car.
    Also, what university charges $1k a day for overdue goods? Actually, what university lends $12k pieces of equipment to students? I imagine there would have to be another way around it. If they trust you enough to lend out a $12k piece of equipment to you, I'm sure that they have enough trust to believe you that your child is sick and you'll bring it in as soon as he is better.

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    How long would you be away for and if he is that sick should you be leaving him alone at all? I would never leave my son that young if he were sick so maybe could your neighbour just stay or can anyone else take it back for you ( or courier if you could afford one?)

    If DS is sensible enough at 8 maybe in an emergency for a short while but not when he's sick

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    Around 12, once they are in high school.

    If he is too sick to travel I would not leave him unsupervised. Can he stay with your neighbour while you return the equipment? Can you call uni and explain what has happened, they may give you another day before incurring a fine.

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    the uni only has the one piece of equipment i have and is in high demand. my neighbour cant stay all the time as her partner is her high care dependent now with advanced Alzheimers.

    i have the equipment due to the fact i am the designated driver on field camps and they needed the equipment on the weekend.

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    I wouldn't leave such an unwell child home alone.

    Take him with. Let him take a pillow and blanket, and make frequent rest stops if necessary. No way I'd be leaving an ill 8 year old home alone. Sorry.

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    Could you find someone to return the equipment for you?

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    I wouldn't be leaving him alone. Could you get a babysitting agency to come and watch him? It would cost much less than $1k and have piece of mind.

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    I would be taking him with you. If you feel he's so sick he can't be in a car then he's def to sick too be left home alone. Either way he'll be miserable. Better he be with you than alone.

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    Sick or not, 8 is too young to be at home alone imo. I would see if someone can return it for you. Or explain to uni that it will be returned in a few days.


 
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