It’s a tough question and decision.  Your little ones are so precious to you, but as they get older you wonder what’s an appropriate age to leave them home alone for a bit.  A quick trip to the store or to pick up their younger siblings, how long is too long?  And, if you are going to take the leap, what information should you go over with them beforehand?

Some questions to ask yourself ahead of time may be:

  • How long will you be gone for?
  • Does your child follow directions?
  • Are there other kids left home too?
  • Would your child feel safe staying alone?

As a parent of teenagers, it wasn’t that long ago that I struggled with those questions.  Once my sister brought up the topic again last night, I wanted to share this handy little chart with you!


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