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Old 07-17-2016, 06:02 AM
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Would you leave your teenager alone at home 5 days a week as you and your spouse go to work? We thought she/he was responsible enough but now we are worried. I think one of us should be home at least.
What would you do?
She/he is 15.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:18 AM
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I think 15 is marginal. There has been some recent discussion over here as to what is the minimum legal age to leave a child alone in the house. Apparently, the short answer is that there is no legally defined minimum age, and it is down to the discretion of the authorities if they think the child is too young. Unsurprisingly, many people think this is an unsatisfactory situation.

If you are talking about regularly leaving your teenager alone for extended periods, I would think that 16 is a more realistic minimum age. Its a long time ago now since our children were teenagers, but I think we first went away on holiday and left our son in the house on his own when he was 16. We left him with a pile of food, a bit of money, and instructions not to burn the house down!
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:55 AM
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I definitely would leave a 15 year old home alone. In fact, our girls start babysitting siblings at age 13.
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Old 07-20-2016, 04:10 AM
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Here in NZ there is no legal age to leave a child/teen alone however you have to be 14 to babysit even a sibling.

I know my sister does leave her kids home alone for short periods once they are 12-13 years. I know she wouldn't leave even her 15 alone for a weekend or even for a number of work days in a row. My niece has babysat my two kids and her brother for 2 days these holidays while we were sorting out my parents house but this is unusual.
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Old 07-21-2016, 03:26 AM
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Would you leave your teenager alone at home 5 days a week as you and your spouse go to work? We thought she/he was responsible enough but now we are worried. I think one of us should be home at least.
What would you do?
She/he is 15.
Hmmmm... To leave a young person home alone during work hours, 5 days a week? I guess if you had no other alternatives, okay (not illegal) but I would not. I think that's way too much time to fall into temptation or for trouble to find that young person. JMO.
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Old 07-21-2016, 09:57 AM
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It probably depends on the maturity of the teenager.
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