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"How long (if at all) would you leave a 7year old alone? Not my child, just a general question. Do you think they are old enough to be left alone at all? No state law on minimum age."
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"Nope! maybe to catch a shower but to leave the residence hell no!"
"I left my child in the lounge or in bed while i showered etc? Left them alone tonwatchna movie or play toys etc, but not left in the house alone at all… not old enough"
"No They are not old enough to be left alone"
"Leaving a 7 year old alone in another room safely like in a closed off area that is safe with toys, learning activities or a show seems reasonable for short periods of time if you’re doing something like taking a shower with the bathroom door open or in another room cooking/ grabbing laundry seems fine others may differ that’s just my opinion but if the question is asking to be home alone or in a car etc… with nobody can be unsafe for a child under any circumstances"
"Never with me out of the house unless it’s for 45 seconds to run to the mailbox next to the next house."
"Uhh, to run errands, no. To bathe, clean, do homework, then yes… within the same house… That is way too young to be left alone. Unless the 7 year old has an older sibling that is mature and responsible."
"It depends on how far you’ll be, how long you’ll be gone, what kind of neighborhood you’re in, is there a neighbor nearby they can go to in an emergency and how mature the 7yo is. That’s what I took into account. There were a couple times I left mine for 15-20 minutes by themselves, but that was bc her older brother wasn’t around."
"Not at all, maybe in another room while I was doing something else but that is way too young to be home alone"
"To shower. I wouldn’t leave a 7 year old alone in the house."
"Long enough to take out the trash and come back in the house"
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