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"I believe it's surely based on the maturity level of the child and especially where the parent will be during that time away. Would I leave my 4 year old alone for five minutes while I walk to the mailbox, sure! Would I leave them alone while I drive around the corner to slip some mail into the mailbox, of course not!"

"Once a child turns 8/9 they can be left alone for extended periods of time depending on their maturity level. My son never enjoyed going on errands so he would be home for 3-4 hours at a time. He loved it and I enjoyed the freedom."

"I think the maturity of the child makes a huge difference in this decision."

"I don't think that this subject can be broken down by on age. My child is 9 and EXTREMELY mature. He follows directions and does as he is told. He is capable of staying home alone but many of his friends would not be. Staying home alone is more about maturity and behavior than about age."

"My suggestions are not alone until you are in middle school. you are much more mature than in elementary school."

"I guess it depends on the maturity of the child, but I just don't think it is safe to leave a child under 12 alone too long. There are just too many factors to consider."

"(D)epends of course on the child's maturity and of course if they have any medical issues that would enter in this decision. Also will depend on the type of area you live in and if you have close neighbors available for assistance should they need it. The child must have 'can and can'ts' list when left alone including what appliances they can/n't use such as stove or microwave. As always must know cell# for parent and someone else they can call if needed."

A one-to-two year old can be left alone in the house for:

 
Choices Percentage Count
  Total 24
Not at all
95.83%
23
30-60 minutes
4.17%
1

A three-to-five year old can be left alone in the house for:

 
Choices Percentage Count
  Total 24
Not at all
79.17%
19
5 minutes
16.67%
4
10-15 minutes
4.17%
1

A six-to-eight year old can be left alone in the house for:

 
Choices Percentage Count
  Total 24
10-15 minutes
29.17%
7
5 minutes
25.00%
6
Not at all
16.67%
4
20-30 minutes
16.67%
4
30-60 minutes
8.33%
2
60 minutes or longer
4.17%
1

A nine-to-eleven year old can be left alone in the house for:

 
Choices Percentage Count
  Total 24
30-60 minutes
45.83%
11
20-30 minutes
25.00%
6
60 minutes or longer
16.67%
4
10-15 minutes
12.50%
3

Mom2Mom - Home Alone survey

Apr 17, 2014 · 6:11 PM