Being a parent certainly should come with a handbook or manual of some sort, as each year that passes creates totally new challenges for Moms and Dads all over the globe. Every once in a while, it’s good to have a guide, or some level of structure to frame your parenting styles around, but what about big decisions such as at what age are you willing to let your son or daughter stay home alone? The team at Treehugger shed some light on this very topic, and as you can imagine, it opened the floodgates for numerous online discussions.
There’s a lot to take into consideration when taking the big plunge and letting your kids stay home unsupervised. Are they mature enough to be alone? Are they trained on any emergency procedures, should something arise? Will they e alone just keeping to themselves, or will they be responsible for other younger siblings? Back in the 1980’s tons of kids stayed home at extremely young ages, and it wasn’t exactly the same type of world that everyone lives in today in 2016. Neighbors knew each other well, and other parents living in the same community knew your kids, and would jump in to help them if they needed anything. Such is not the case anymore as many people now don’t even know their neighbors, nor do their children to go to them for help.
Then there is the state laws that you as a parent must abide by as well, as you may not even be aware of this, but every state either makes it public information that they have an age limit, or none at all so it is good to learn what is legal in your area. For instance, in Maryland the child only has to be at least 7 years old, whereas in Illinois, the child must be at least 14 years of age to stay home alone. Places such as Arizona and Texas however, have no set limit and leave it up to the parent’s discretion to decide when their children are mature enough to handle being so independent. No two kids are the same, so the bottom line here would be that each parent is usually well aware of what responsibilities their kids can handle, and will generally make the right decision on the matter to keep the child safe and secure in their own home.