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Pete

El Monte, CA

#1 Feb 4, 2014
Do you think 11yo is too young to stay home unattended to babysit other children?
Guest

Oklahoma City, OK

#2 Feb 4, 2014
Pete wrote:
Do you think 11yo is too young to stay home unattended to babysit other children?
How old are the other children? Two about the same age should be ok with phone and some checking on. Depends on the child's maturity. I think there are some laws in place about this. It is understandable parents have to work sometimes when kids are home from school. Safety is most important.

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#3 Feb 4, 2014
Pete

El Monte, CA

#4 Feb 4, 2014
Safety is very important!! My son just told me whn he goes to visit his mom that sometimes his mom & her friend leaves them at home alone. The oldestis 11, 10, 9 two 8 year olds, & a 5 year old! Me personally, I think its too many kids to be left alone at once. He also said the 11yo uses the stove to cook which is scary. My sons mother & I dont see eye to eye & i know if I mention this to her she'll punish my son. Just dont know what to do. I would hate for something bad to happen.
Pete

El Monte, CA

#5 Feb 4, 2014
me just saying wrote:
http://www.katv.com/story/1814 7515/home-alone-what-age-is-sa fe-for-children
THANKS
Guest

Bonnerdale, AR

#6 Feb 4, 2014
Pete wrote:
Safety is very important!! My son just told me whn he goes to visit his mom that sometimes his mom & her friend leaves them at home alone. The oldestis 11, 10, 9 two 8 year olds, & a 5 year old! Me personally, I think its too many kids to be left alone at once. He also said the 11yo uses the stove to cook which is scary. My sons mother & I dont see eye to eye & i know if I mention this to her she'll punish my son. Just dont know what to do. I would hate for something bad to happen.
One boy=one brain, two boys=1/2 brain, three boys =no brain.
Mike

Jonesboro, AR

#7 Feb 4, 2014
Pete wrote:
Safety is very important!! My son just told me whn he goes to visit his mom that sometimes his mom & her friend leaves them at home alone. The oldestis 11, 10, 9 two 8 year olds, & a 5 year old! Me personally, I think its too many kids to be left alone at once. He also said the 11yo uses the stove to cook which is scary. My sons mother & I dont see eye to eye & i know if I mention this to her she'll punish my son. Just dont know what to do. I would hate for something bad to happen.
Are those other children yours?
Me too

Wabbaseka, AR

#8 Feb 4, 2014
Guest wrote:
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One boy=one brain, two boys=1/2 brain, three boys =no brain.
I agree with this!

My son was a latchkey kid in the afternoons for about 1 hour or so at the age of 12. But he was very mature and he was alone.

2 kids will think of things to get into when 1 alone would not. Put 3 or 4 or more in the mix and it's a mad house. I would think this many would be difficult for an adult to handle at times!

People with kids, this many and these ages should realize that they can't just out and do what they want to do. They should have thought about this before having kids or they wait until their kids are old enough, then go out running around.

This just amazes me. To give you an answer - in my opinion, I wouldn't want my son over there.
educator

United States

#9 Feb 4, 2014
Pete wrote:
Do you think 11yo is too young to stay home unattended to babysit other children?
I've been teaching for 35 years and have yet to meet an 11-year-old who'd be safe to leave alone or to have caring for younger children. Very few at even 15 or 16 are safe. That never seems to stop the practice, however, legal or not.
Guest

Euless, TX

#10 Feb 4, 2014
educator wrote:
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I've been teaching for 35 years and have yet to meet an 11-year-old who'd be safe to leave alone or to have caring for younger children. Very few at even 15 or 16 are safe. That never seems to stop the practice, however, legal or not.
I can believe you are a teacher. Your stupidity and low expectations of our kids are proof of the low education we give our kids!
16 year old are legal drivers but your dumbass don't think they can stay home or babysit !!
I know 10 year olds that drive tractors!!
Retire and stop holding back our kids loser!!!
Peter

El Monte, CA

#11 Feb 4, 2014
Really wish I could delete the dumb comments!! Smh! But thanks to the ones that offered input! I only have 1 child in that home! How would CPS handle this?
FindsomethingEls e

West Memphis, AR

#12 Feb 5, 2014
educator wrote:
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I've been teaching for 35 years and have yet to meet an 11-year-old who'd be safe to leave alone or to have caring for younger children. Very few at even 15 or 16 are safe. That never seems to stop the practice, however, legal or not.
I hope you aren't an English teacher as your grammar is atrocious.
interesting

Wilmington, DE

#13 Feb 5, 2014
FindsomethingElse wrote:
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I hope you aren't an English teacher as your grammar is atrocious.
Hmmmm.... their grammar sure looks better than yours. What's your beef, retard?
interesting

Wilmington, DE

#14 Feb 5, 2014
Guest wrote:
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I can believe you are a teacher. Your stupidity and low expectations of our kids are proof of the low education we give our kids!
16 year old are legal drivers but your dumbass don't think they can stay home or babysit !!
I know 10 year olds that drive tractors!!
Retire and stop holding back our kids loser!!!
Again, you look like the loser, you and your dumbass kids.
interesting

Wilmington, DE

#15 Feb 5, 2014
Me too wrote:
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I agree with this!
My son was a latchkey kid in the afternoons for about 1 hour or so at the age of 12. But he was very mature and he was alone.
2 kids will think of things to get into when 1 alone would not. Put 3 or 4 or more in the mix and it's a mad house. I would think this many would be difficult for an adult to handle at times!
People with kids, this many and these ages should realize that they can't just out and do what they want to do. They should have thought about this before having kids or they wait until their kids are old enough, then go out running around.
This just amazes me. To give you an answer - in my opinion, I wou want my son over there.
If the dumbasses whining about how smart their dumbass kids are had a smart thought or idea in their lives they'd never have had sex and spit out kids even dumber than they are.
interesting

Wilmington, DE

#16 Feb 5, 2014
Guest wrote:
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One boy=one brain, two boys=1/2 brain, three boys =no brain.
Good to see somebody knows kids. True of boys and true of the dumbass girls anymore. They all traded in brains for extra hormones looks like.
educator

United States

#17 Feb 5, 2014
Guest wrote:
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I can believe you are a teacher. Your stupidity and low expectations of our kids are proof of the low education we give our kids!
16 year old are legal drivers but your dumbass don't think they can stay home or babysit !!
I know 10 year olds that drive tractors!!
Retire and stop holding back our kids loser!!!
As a matter of fact, I did retire and put my degree in psychology to work counseling problem kids who were messed up by vulgar, vicious, mindless brute parents such as you. I'm helping the kids and it's much more satisfying than working in the classroom to try to correct the overwhelming bad parenting.
Mr Anderson

Tampa, FL

#18 Feb 5, 2014
educator wrote:
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As a matter of fact, I did retire and put my degree in psychology to work counseling problem kids who were messed up by vulgar, vicious, mindless brute parents such as you. I'm helping the kids and it's much more satisfying than working in the classroom to try to correct the overwhelming bad parenting.
The problem with our children and our society as a whole, is liberal socialists like you whom force your flawed ideals onto them. They need conservative parents who teach them things schools are afraid to. Children aren't stupid and have their own minds. They have the ability to think for themselves. Our job as parents and educators is to guide them to be intelligent beings with a heart of compassion for fellow man. Yes, they will fail us at times. This only proves they are human. One thing I have taught my children, which I'm sure will upset you very much, is protecting themselves. They are now prepared to protect themselves from physical, mental, psychological, emotional and tyrant abuse. Yes, they know about guns. These are their secondary weapon against foreign and domestic enemies. Including communist governments. You come to our house looking for trouble, you won't be disappointed. We aim to please. By the way my twins are 14 and my youngest is 12. All three can shoot a squirrel from a 50 ft. tree at 50 yrds between the eyes. My wife can do a little better and I taught each of them. We aren't tin foil hat wearing hillbillies. We are educated Americans ready to bring America back to her feet. And the answer to the original question, the age at which the parents believe they have instilled maturity at the appropriate level for the child to know how to handle an emergency if it were to arise.
FindsomethingEls e

West Memphis, AR

#19 Feb 5, 2014
interesting wrote:
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Hmmmm.... their grammar sure looks better than yours. What's your beef, retard?
Surely, you jest. If you can't see the obvious flaws in their grammar then maybe you should go back to school.
matt

United States

#20 Feb 5, 2014
Arkansas has no law about legal age where a child can stay home alone. No CPS can kick a child out their own home for being there alone. It is only when danger is imposed upon child when cops are needed. But the parent should make sure child is mature enough in case an emergency happens

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