My kids are 5 and 6 and I will leave them alone for maybe 2-3 minutes while i pop next door to pick up some takeaway for dinner that i have ordered on the phone or return the dvds from across the road.
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29-04-2014 09:16 #41-
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29-04-2014 09:23 #42
My eldest is only 4 so I'm obviously no where near this stage yet, but I think it would highl depend on the individual personality of the child. My eldest boy is so so independant, I know he'll probably be walking himself to and from school and letting himself in from quite young. Will just see how we go. I don't like the idea of leaving them home alone before 12 years though. But as I said, I'm not there yet so I can't really say. I will DEFINITELY never allow my children to babysit each other though. That's not their job. If they ask to do it when they're older I will pay them as I would pay a babysitter if I needed one. They are siblings not parents
29-04-2014 09:35 #43
My DD is 7, she would be fine for short periods although the occasion hasn't arisen yet. I wouldn't leave her for more than 10-15 minutes for a couple of years yet.
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