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we did let David stay home for an hour to an hour and a half after school or an occasional 20 mins here or there if we went to the store when he was 11. However we ended up having some serious trust issues with him so he is no longer aloud to be in the house by himself at all.
We started leaving Greyson home alone for short bits when he was 10. Now that he is 12, we leave him alone for longer stretches (couple hours) and after it is dark if we need to run to the store or something.
Keep in mind, I was babysitting for other people's kids at night when I was 11!! I can't be too hypocritical and say that my son can't be home alone at that age. He's also a very mature kid and isn't scared of being left alone. It may be different if he felt differently about it. If your daughter feels like she would be okay with it, and is even asking for it, maybe it is time to start...at least with the short bits?
Run up to the store here and there in the middle of the day, just to see how she does. As long as she has a way to contact you, I don't see a problem with it. We are really laid back parents, though, when it comes to this kind of stuff. You know your child more than we do.
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Last edited by somo_chickenlady; January 22nd, 2011 at 09:55 PM.
we started leaving DD home alone after school when she was 11. Never alone after dark though until she turned 12. She is a responsible and fairly sensible girl tho.. and we always made sure emerg. numbers were posted and she knew what to do with them.
maybe she could take a babysitting course? that would teach her important home-alone skills, among other things
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Thanks Ladies! Great advice! Her dad and I have talked about it ran through some scenarios with her and decided she can start staying home if I run to the store here and there but that we would both feel more comfortable if she waited a year or 2 to stay home by herself after dark (which is what it would be) while I took her sister to gymnastics. She understood and was happy about the little bit of freedom.
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