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    Firstly how stupid to leave a baby alone while you go out in the car.

    One point that nobody has touched on yet is that this silly woman called her parents to let them know she was leaving the baby alone 'just in case something happened'!

    If i called my parents and said that no way they'd say 'oh ok' theyd be at me at how stupid that idea was and likely drive round to make sure i hadnt gone thru with such a silly plan

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    I always thought it was illegal to leave a child under 12 unattended at home but according to this, it isn't:

    In Australia, it is not illegal to leave a child at home unsupervised.

    However, if an accident occurs while the child is alone parents can face charges including leaving a child unattended or failing to provide adequate supervision or care.

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/home-alone-as-mothers-run-out-of-options-20121218-2bl3t.html
    I think a child should only ever be left alone when they're old enough/mature enough to be able to take action to deal with any potentially dangerous situation that arises such as a fire, someone trying to break in etc
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    I think it's shocking. A few years back I went to stay with a friend in Sydney, he'd had a baby with his partner and she loved jogging. Every morning while my friend was at work and while the baby napped, she would go for a run on the beach She was cool with it because Bub was asleep in a cot and if she woke she was a pretty chilled baby so wouldn't get upset. I mentioned quietly what if there's a fire and her reaction was 'oh ffs theres not going to be a fire' . They also used to drive bub around in a two seater van with nowhere to anchor a car seat. I think they had strung some straps across behind the two front seats to keep the car seat upright. They did a return trip syd-melb-syd like that. They moved overseas after that so I haven't seen them in years but omg even back then when I hadn't a clue about looking after a kid I was horrified!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky1 View Post
    I always thought it was illegal to leave a child under 12 unattended at home but according to this, it isn't:



    I think a child should only ever be left alone when they're old enough/mature enough to be able to take action to deal with any potentially dangerous situation that arises such as a fire, someone trying to break in etc
    I don't know about the law but my friend is a fireman and is extremely aware and sensible when it comes to home safety. He first left his kids home alone age 12&14, with the door locked and instructions not to open it or answer the phone. He was home again within an hour and they gradually built up on it from there. I will do something like this with my girls when the time comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RmumR View Post
    Firstly how stupid to leave a baby alone while you go out in the car.

    One point that nobody has touched on yet is that this silly woman called her parents to let them know she was leaving the baby alone 'just in case something happened'!

    If i called my parents and said that no way they'd say 'oh ok' theyd be at me at how stupid that idea was and likely drive round to make sure i hadnt gone thru with such a silly plan
    My parents would be reporting me immediately if I did that and I wouldn't blame them !!!!


    My blood boils when I hear things like this Grrr ....... I won't write what I really think 😡😡😡😡

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    Good point @RmumR. My mum would have given me better options than leaving the baby alone (......!!).

    I should add that this happened in France and there is no law against leaving your baby alone at home.

    Since last night I checked for figures about domestic fire :
    After 1 minute, you need a glass of water to extinguish a fire. A bucket after 2 minutes. A tank after 3.
    Makes you realize how quickly this things go.

    I think this lady didn't realize what risks she was taking, I can't believe she would have done it knowing full well everything that could happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky1 View Post
    I always thought it was illegal to leave a child under 12 unattended at home but according to this, it isn't
    That actually seems reasonable to me; rather than specify an absolute age, they've left it open to interpretation.

    I mean, when I was ten years old, my brother and I would play for hours with our friends at the local park (usually cricket), entirely unsupervised. We'd cycle there, too.

    Places, circumstances and children all vary. I think everyone agrees that 1 is too young though

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    Yeah definitely NOT ok in my book! 😱

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    Total stupidity, there are a 1000 what if scenarios & not one good reason to do it.

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    I've left my 8yr old home while I ducked out to get milk, and took my 4yr old with me.
    DS1 was awake and knew where I was going & I was gone for about 5mins I locked all the doors and gave him strict instructions and we also live in a gated estate.
    I had a sick feeling in my stomach and it felt so wrong.
    All the "what ifs".
    You'd never forgive yourself.

    I think if they think it's "ok" to leave a 1 year old alone, I wonder what else they think is acceptable.





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