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Moms Talk: Do You Think It's OK To Leave Kids Home Alone?

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Moms Talk is a regular feature on Land O' Lakes Patch. We invite you and your circle of friends to help build a community of support for mothers and their families right here in Land O' Lakes.

Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council of experts and smart moms take your questions, give advice and share solutions.

So settle in as we start the conversation today with these questions:

Do you think it's OK for kids to be latchkey kids? At what age is this practice acceptable? What do you think about older siblings watching younger ones?

Yvette Manes March 16, 2011 at 05:30 PM
I used to stay with my younger brother at 11. I have an 11-year-old and I don't think I'd leave him home alone other than maybe to go across the street for a minute.
Sherri Lonon March 16, 2011 at 06:20 PM
I'm with you, Yvette. Is it just me, or does it seem less safe to leave kids that age home alone than it did when we were younger? I stayed alone at 10-11, but I wouldn't leave mine for more than a few minutes.
Larry Bush March 17, 2011 at 01:21 PM
My experience is just the opposite. I was rarely left alone before I was 12. However, with communications being as good as they are these days, if a child knows how to contact his/her parents by phone, there shouldn't be a problem. Children learn to become independent by doing things on their own.
Trisha Smith April 06, 2011 at 07:32 PM
I started leaving my child at home alone when he was 12 years old. He is mature enough to take care of himself and know when things go wrong. I don’t leave him for nothing; I also provided him a safety service that can surely protect him even if I am out and not on his side. I registered him to SafeKidZone for his safety and protection in times of trouble. It has a mobile security application that enables my son to summon help from family and friends and with access to the nearest 911 when safety issues arise. This is how I protect my child check out: http://safekidzone.com/

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