A well respected, award winning social enterprise
Volunteer run - Government and charity funded
We help 50,000 people a year through divorce

01202 805020

Lines open: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Call for FREE expert advice & service info

what age is appropriate?

  • survive
  • survive's Avatar Posted by
  • Platinum Member
  • Platinum Member
More
01 Sep 12 #353269 by survive
Topic started by survive
Hi wiki''s

Please could you tell me what age you think it is suitable for a child to be left in the house alone, for approx. 1/2 hour?

Thanks

Survive

  • stepper
  • stepper's Avatar
  • Platinum Member
  • Platinum Member
More
01 Sep 12 #353273 by stepper
Reply from stepper
I leave my 12 year old grandson for half an hour or so as he prefers not to come to the supermarket. I always take the 8 year old with me.

  • redwine47
  • redwine47's Avatar
  • Platinum Member
  • Platinum Member
More
01 Sep 12 #353275 by redwine47
Reply from redwine47
See my sat night post.

Depends on how sensible child is. My 13 year old has become the most sensible young man because of the circumstances.

He knows neighbours /friends & phone numbers to ring. The rules re answering phone & door..... My other luvly 22 year old clever intelligent as he is cld not have done so at 13.

It definitely depends on the child I believe... Any younger you can only judge.

  • survive
  • survive's Avatar Posted by
  • Platinum Member
  • Platinum Member
More
01 Sep 12 #353279 by survive
Reply from survive
thanks.

Child is just 11, it is not I who has made this decision, hence why I am asking advice before making a comment

Survive

  • redwine47
  • redwine47's Avatar
  • Platinum Member
  • Platinum Member
More
01 Sep 12 #353285 by redwine47
Reply from redwine47
I think 11 year olds are wise enuf. My son walked home from school at this age & stayed at home until I got home from work.

When I look back to what I had to do & was capable of at this age 11..... A lot more & both my parents worked.

Obviously it''s ur decision but you can have contingency plans in place. As I have done. It will be gd for them to be independent...

Xx I''m going out now

  • autumn9
  • autumn9's Avatar
  • Elite Member
  • Elite Member
More
01 Sep 12 #353286 by autumn9
Reply from autumn9
It''s a very difficult one. Interestingly I don''t think there is a legal age on it if the child is being left on own. It is different if they are being left responsible for a younger brother/sister.

I think you have to think about the circumstances/childs maturity.

Personally I don''t feel that it is acceptable and I was most distressed when my ex allowed our 10 and 8 year old to walk unaccompanied to a friends house. I mentioned it at the end of a Directions Hearing to the Judge and the Judge also agreed.

Take care

  • survive
  • survive's Avatar Posted by
  • Platinum Member
  • Platinum Member
More
01 Sep 12 #353290 by survive
Reply from survive
thanks

do you think it is something that both parents should agree on? or is it just a case of different rules at each house?


survive

Moderators: wikivorce teamrubytuesdaydukeyhadenoughnowTetsSheziLinda SheridanForsetiMitchumWhiteRoseLostboy67WYSPECIALBubblegum11