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Leaving 13 year old at home for 5 hours tomorrow with a cold

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marl Thu 13-Nov-14 20:39:04

Am I OK to leave DS age 13 at home with a stinking cold legally etc tomorrow? I've got a booked appointment for work about an hour away tomorrow and will be back after about 4-5 hours. He is very sensible, will probably just overdose on computer and TV in delight, but I'm also worried about unpleasant Ex-H who tries to get me on anything I might be doing 'wrong'. Any thoughts very welcome. I can maybe get a friend to pop in to check on him; alternatively
he will have to take a long trip to DP's mother, which would mean leaving at the crack of dawn with DP tomorrow and I'm kind of not organised for him to do that at this point!

BrokenCircleBreakdown Thu 13-Nov-14 20:41:55

Yes smile
It's fine

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Thu 13-Nov-14 20:47:03

13? Of course!

usualsuspect333 Thu 13-Nov-14 20:47:06

Yes I would.

I'd text or ring him a few times though.

marl Thu 13-Nov-14 21:35:24

Thanks all of you. Great. (My other two (well ones!) DCs are much younger so I haven't had this situation before and just wasn't sure. Great.

marl Thu 13-Nov-14 21:36:06

Thanks all of you. Great. (My other two (well ones!) DCs are much younger so I haven't had this situation before and just wasn't sure.

Stealthpolarbear Thu 13-Nov-14 21:37:31

Yes. Are there any neighbours he could call on if needed?
That said I'm sure my incredibly overprotective parents were doing this when I was 13 so it must be fine!

Waitingonasunnyday Thu 13-Nov-14 21:38:59

Our babysitter is 13. I know they all grow up at different ages but I reckon it's fine!

DarkHeart Thu 13-Nov-14 21:39:30

I would and my ds is 13

bigTillyMint Thu 13-Nov-14 21:39:46

I would. I would also text/ring to check on what he was up to thoughwink

wobblyweebles Fri 14-Nov-14 00:19:18

I've done the same with my 13 year old.

EllenJanesthickerknickers Fri 14-Nov-14 00:50:32

Just did the same with my 12 yo. I did ring him to remind him to eat!

PurpleSwift Fri 14-Nov-14 00:55:45

It's fine.

however Fri 14-Nov-14 04:14:49

I've done similar with my children (who are all younger). FaceTime is great for touching base, if you have iDevices.

SoonToBeSix Fri 14-Nov-14 04:33:48

He will be perfectly fine but why isn't he going to school? Do people really keep their teenagers off with a cold?

skylark2 Fri 14-Nov-14 08:15:45

Would you leave him alone for 5 hours without a cold? If so, it's a non-issue provided there's someone close(ish) who he can go to in an emergency (gas leak, burst water pipe...) - an hour away is too far for you to be his closest safetynet.

Mehitabel6 Fri 14-Nov-14 08:22:37

Absolutely fine.
If he had a cold like my recent one you would know why he couldn't go to school, SoonToBeSix.

SilentCharisma Fri 14-Nov-14 11:19:59

God yes. I was left alone for that time from 9.

WitchesGlove Fri 14-Nov-14 12:44:47

13 is fine

But why does he need to be off school with a cold??

SophiaPetrillo Fri 14-Nov-14 12:46:42

I've done this as well. I wouldn't have left him with a high temperature or vomiting, but a cold, no problem.

Witches some colds are very debilitating, if your sinuses are infected you feel like shit and can't concentrate, also coughing and sneezing in class is disruptive and annoying for everyone else and it spreads the virus.

tilliebob Fri 14-Nov-14 12:53:15

My eldest DS at 13, no worries. My DD, currently 13, wouldn't be happy for that length of time. You know your child. If they're choked with the cold they'll probably sleep/watch TV in bed anyway. I was left in charge of my 11 brother for entire working days at that age.

Mehitabel6 Fri 14-Nov-14 17:45:51

But why does he need to be off school with a cold??

It depends on the cold! I am hardy, but last week I had 2 days where I ached all over and couldn't do anything. I cancelled things and stayed in bed.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 14-Nov-14 18:05:36

Some colds can knock you for six,I imagine you've never had a proper streaming head cold or you wouldn't be asking.

OP,I would but I'd ring a couple of times to check insmile

wobblyweebles Fri 14-Nov-14 18:34:10

Mehitabel6 But you missed a great oppportunity to be both a martyr and incredibly superior :-)

(I would have done the same thing.)

Mehitabel6 Fri 14-Nov-14 19:08:33

I think they were all pleased not to have me spreading it. My first cold all year and still coughing!
The word 'cold' covers a lot of things.

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