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How Old Is Old Enough for a Child to Stay Home Alone

Posted by Sadiya Jamal, D.O. on Jun 8, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Dual-income families are commonplace today. If you have children, you’ll eventually have to decide when they’re old enough to stay home by themselves. I get this question from parents a lot and, unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. Some states have laws disallowing children under certain ages to stay at home unsupervised. While Texas does not have a restriction on how early you can start leaving your child home alone, most child-safety groups don’t recommend leaving your children home when they’re younger than 12. Every kid is different, so there is no magic age they can reach before they’re old enough to shoulder the responsibility, but there are some things to take into consideration when you’re making the decision.

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Topics: staying home alone, when is a child old enough to stay home alone, children home alone

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