I'd totally do it. My eldest is 9yo and I'd have no qualms leaving her in your situation. I used to walk home from school (20min walk) and kick around the house until Mum got home from work when I was 10/11 years old. I was also often left home alone of an evening/night time from 8 years old when Mum worked evenings in a bistro.
But I admit to being a pretty relaxed, free-range type parent
+ Reply to Thread
Results 21 to 28 of 28
23-05-2016 18:00 #21
The Following User Says Thank You to Lillynix For This Useful Post:
23-05-2016 18:28 #22
My Daughter is 10 - and I probably would not for that long .... but totally depends on the situation.
the only one who can judge that is you really.
How far away from work do you live? Can you leave work if there is an issue? how often do you get held up at work and have to stay longer?
Its a hard call
23-05-2016 19:40 #23Senior Member
- Join Date
- Feb 2006
No I wouldn't leave a 9yo at home alone. As a PP said- it's not about what they do when everything goes smoothly- it's about how they would cope if something out of the ordinary happens. Personally I don't believe a 9yo is capable of that level of thinking in an emergency.
I started leaving mine at home when the eldest was 12, youngest was 8. If the 12yo was not there, the 10 and 8yo were not allowed to be at home alone. Started off at about 1-2 hours.
They also have been drilled on all kinds of situations imaginable and how to react to each one, and how to call 000 and the questions that they ask and how to answer them. We also have a 24hr servo next door so if there is a major emergency and they need help, they know they can go next door. Plus we live in a secure unit block with neighbours all around.
23-05-2016 20:03 #24Senior Member
- Join Date
- Apr 2012
In my opinion 9 years old is way too young to be left alone for 2 and a half hours after school. If it was half an hour I'd say fine but not 2.5 hours. It doesn't take much for stuff to go wrong.
23-05-2016 20:17 #25
You know your child op.
Last edited by Blessedwith3boys; 23-05-2016 at 20:21.
The Following User Says Thank You to Blessedwith3boys For This Useful Post:
23-05-2016 21:20 #26
I used to watch my little brother for hours when I was 9, and he was 6.5. But I also took a city bus to school (alone) at 7.
However, 26 years later, I'm not sure how I'd feel leaving DS at that age.
I think an hour or two is fine for a responsible 9 yo, but I can't speak from experience.
23-05-2016 21:29 #27Senior Member
- Join Date
- May 2014
23-05-2016 23:09 #28
I have left kiddo once but because I don't drive, going down to the shops takes longer than normal. I trust him a lot though as he is very responsible for his age. He is almost 9. I wouldn't leave him at home alone while I was at work though because he would get scared and has told me that before so a few more years before I can do that.
By WiseOldOwl in forum Home SchoolingReplies: 16Last Post: 20-05-2016, 15:50
By Maxwell's Silver Hammer in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & ChatReplies: 53Last Post: 17-09-2015, 21:26
By JR03 in forum General ChatReplies: 27Last Post: 10-08-2015, 21:36
KindyROOKindyROO offers activities for babies & toddlers in a fun learning centre, focussing on developmental education. ...
LATESTToilet training: when is the best time to start?Why it is OK for your child to be differentWhat is a blessing way? How is it different to a baby shower?
POPULARWhen can I start giving chores to my children?New baby nursery checklist – a guide to newborn essentialsWhat to pack for labour and hospital – a checklist
FORUMS - chatting now ...
Missed miscarriage... waiting, waiting, waitingPregnancy Loss Support
Flying with a 7 month old - overnight or during day better?General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
Am I the only thread killer??General Chat
April/May TTC group chatConception & Fertility General Chat
Selling your house privately...General Chat
Mixed slumber partyGeneral Chat
What are our chances??pregnancy and babies through IVF
Cashless society - all for it, or disagree?General Chat
IVF babies due Sep/Oct/Nov 2017pregnancy and babies through IVF