Home alone: when's the right time?
Our natural next question, after pondering leaving our child(ren) in the car alone, is: would you leave your child(ren) home alone? Another mama had the same thought, and she emails:
Hot on the heels of the post about leaving your kid in the car alone... I'm wondering at what age people have left their kids at home alone, and under what circumstances. I just found out that my partner left our 4 year old at home watching TV while he (literally) ran about 8 blocks to go pick up a Zipcar. I strongly disagree with his decision to leave her in the house by herself, even just for 5-10 minutes. He says that he weighed the options, feeling that she was firmly planted in front of the TV and was unlikely to go anywhere (true, it was highly unlikely), and wouldn't have left if he didn't feel it was safe.
What age is too young to be at home alone when the parent is farther away than, say, the neighbor's front porch?