How old were your kids when you left them home alone over night?

Please post anonymously: How old were your kids when you started leaving them home alone for a few hours or overnight? Is very mature 12 and 11-year-olds too young, in your opinion? We live in safe suburbs, kids have cellphones, and the home has security cameras inside and out I can access from my iPhone anywhere.


Check with your local welfare laws. A lot of places have an age of 13 set as what’s acceptable to be left alone. Over night, I would wait until they were 15-16ish. A lot can happen over night.


It depends on your state laws on when they can but my son is very mature for an 11 year old and he wants to stay home alone all the time.

I wouldn’t over night. Have someone watch them. If you must leave over night. Better safe then sorry


To run to the store about 12 and sleeping out 16.


12 and 11 is too young to stay home alone over night.
Even being mature…
Even running drills for emergencies…
Even having cameras and security systems…
…doesn’t prepare them for things that could happen.
And not having an adult around leaves the extremely vulnerable.


It may be illegal in your area. I think it’s 13 or 14 in most areas for overnights.

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My kids are 14/12/9 and they stay home 3 night a week because I work midnights

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They are fine.
Double legality. But they should be perfect okay

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I would say 11 and 12 is too young. I would say 16


Omgosh I personally can’t imagine leaving an 11 or 12 year old overnight. I mean, that’s just my opinion as my son is only 1.5 years old, but I can say with confidence, regardless of how mature he is… he would not be staying alone overnight until probably 16ish! Lol :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:


I have an 11 and 12 yr old and although mature enough to leave them home together for a couple hours I would never leave them over night at this age there’s too much that could happen regardless of having cell phones and security cameras


Too young overnight. You hear horror stories about kids being taken from their beds. I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t live with myself if something happened to my children that could have been avoided. Be safe now so you’re not sorry later.


I was 14 before my parents let me stay at home alone all night but i also had a brother who was 18

That’s way to young for that many hours. I would/was comfortable with 3-4 hours tops. During the day.

Maybe just to go to the shops but not overnight something awful could happen and you’d never forgive yourself and I’m sure it’s classed as neglect we cannot leave our kids home alone at all until they are 14 in NZ

I’d say 14 before I’d feel comfortable leaving overnight

My opinion is 11 and 12 is to young


I think I was probably 16 before my mom let us stay home by ourselves overnight

Our 10 year old is left home alone sometimes but never more than 30-45 mins & has a way to communicate with us (iPad for calling or texting iPhones)
Defiantly not over night for any Time Frame

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