Question by  Harry (27)

What is the legal age for children to be able to stay home alone with another younger sibling?

I think my daughter is old enough to stay with her brother but I don't want to get in trouble.


Answer by  epglaw (553)

States do not set forth a legal age. Consider the maturity level of each child and the length of time of your absence. People use baby sitters all the time.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

In most states, it is legal for a child of the age of 12 to supervise other, younger children. In some states, the age is 13. An easy way to find this out is to find out at what age a child can legally be a baby sitter in your state.


Answer by  Rathjinngmailcom (234)

The usual minium age is 13. Children should be left with a list of phone numbers for emergencies and not left for long periods of time. As they get older they can be trusted with longer times of seperation.


Answer by  Jan (166)

Check your state laws to see if there is a minimum age requirement. Also keep in mind that just because the child is the age listed you are not completely off the hook if the child is not responsible enough. Use common sense as well as the law.


Answer by  Jennifer16 (17)

It depends on the country / culture - here in the United Arab Emirates it is quite safe for children and I would leave my 10 year old with a younger sibling.

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