home alone but at what age?

My neighbor told me she’s furious that her daughter-in-law left her three young children, including her baby, home on their own while she (the DIL) went shopping.

They had a tiff and her DIL argues that children need to be taught independence and responsibility. The older ones, aged 11 and 8, were supposed to take care of the baby.

My neighbor thinks her DIL is being very irresponsible herself as a mother. Of course, we all agree that independence is a good thing. But I personally feel her two older kids are too young to be left in charge of a baby.

It’s all fine and dandy if nothing happens. But what if? As parents, we have to consider this very important question. It’s always better to err on the side of safety.

I’ve never left my kids on their own. I always make sure there’s a grown-up with them. I guess it’s as much for my own peace of mind as it is for my children’s safety.

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