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    Default How long would you leave your 8 (almost 9) year old at home alone?

    a) I wouldn't

    b) 5 mins

    c) half an hour

    d) between 1-2 hours

    e) other (please explain)

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    Depending on the circumstances I would leave my 9 year old dd home for around half an hour.

    Not with her siblings though.

    Reasons for for this are.
    -she's quite responsible and mature for her age
    -we know all,of our neighbours
    -she would never answer the front door

    Hope this helps

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    DS is only 6 so I don't know yet for sure but is already quite responsible, I don't think I would ever need to leave him home alone at age 8-9 but if I had too I would think he would be fine for an hour? He will be catching the bus to and from school by 9 so he could easily fend for himself in his own home if he had to (I would assume!)

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    We start at half an hour at 9 (we check that the neighbours are at home when we first start so they have someone to access easily if they need an adult), then build up to an hour around 10, 2 hours at 11 increasing throughout the school year, then they hit highschool and are able to stay at home all day (like in school holidays where there is no vacation care).
    We have a strict no friends over rule when there isn't an adult around.

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    I don't have any kids yet (I'm currently expecting our first) but at 8-9 .... I wouldn't.

    I wouldn't go past the front mailbox without my kids at that age.

    I'm probably being paranoid but the world is a tough place and I'd never ever be able to forgive myself if something went wrong in my absence.

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    A) for me
    I currently have a 8 and 10 year old that we haven't left home alone yet. They are extremely responsible but I just haven't found a need for it. Maybe in 2-3 years time

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    Somewhere between B and C.
    But that is dependent on the individual child.

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    I did it this morning. She is home from school sick but I had to take my youngest to daycare and my son to school so I left her home whilst I dropped them there. I didn't want to take a sick child out or keep my son home from school when he's not sick.

    She does walk our around the block dog by herself.

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    E)... 15-30min max, but 30 min is pushing the limit.

    My 7yo has stayed home a few times whilst I dash to go get some milk or bread, but that's it.

    I don't allow the 5 & 3 yo's to stay with him, they have to come with me.

    It's very dependant on the child though.

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    At 9, it's kid dependant. For mine, it was 30-60 mins. My 11yo I leave for a few hrs and my nearly 14yo all day. Gets tricky when they're in high school and no OSHC or vacation care so you're not left with a lot of options anyway.


 

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