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Would you leave an 11 yo home alone for 1.5 hours?

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ImASecretTwigletNibbler Tue 28-Jan-14 09:49:06

This is during the day and would be a regular thing, a couple of times a week. She's only just turned 11 but is very sensible and is happy to be left alone. I leave her for half an hour or so sometimes but does 1.5 hours sound too long?

pussycatdoll Tue 28-Jan-14 09:51:11

Sounds fine to me
Is she in year 6 or secondary school ?

Gileswithachainsaw Tue 28-Jan-14 09:52:28

Don't see a problem if you trust her.

hillyhilly Tue 28-Jan-14 09:53:23

So long as she was happy, yes I would

CuntyBunty Tue 28-Jan-14 09:53:35

And don't forget, you can ring one another to check in! It's fine.

Xfirefly Tue 28-Jan-14 09:54:17

she's sensible, as you say, so I'd be OK with it. just make sure she can get in touch with you easily

cory Tue 28-Jan-14 09:55:00

yes, I would and I have done

DramaAlpaca Tue 28-Jan-14 09:55:19

I'd be fine with it as long as she's happy to be left.

ImASecretTwigletNibbler Tue 28-Jan-14 09:57:17

She's Y6. I'd only be contactable in an emergency - sorry, should've said this bit in my OP! - I'd be at work for 1.5 hours and although I could have my phone on, I couldn't really ring to check she's ok...

Starballbunny Tue 28-Jan-14 09:58:21

Yes, if they don't mind.
DD2 stopped trailing along to DD1s music lessons at that age.

AGoodPirate Tue 28-Jan-14 09:58:47

I would.

MrsPnut Tue 28-Jan-14 09:58:59

If she was happy to be left and she knows where to go for help in an emergency then I would.

DD1 was left for 6 hours a day during the summer holidays between Y6 and Y7 whilst I was at work as she didn't want to go to a holiday club and was absolutely fine.

lljkk Tue 28-Jan-14 10:00:56

Yes. I'd leave a 8-9yo for that long. (well, some 9yos, not my current version, but the previous models yes)

ImASecretTwigletNibbler Tue 28-Jan-14 10:09:39

Thanks, all.

jellybeans Tue 28-Jan-14 10:10:44

I personally wouldn't.

Badvoc Tue 28-Jan-14 10:13:22

Ooh him was going to ask if I should leave 10.5 year old ds here whilst I pick up ds2 from school...he is a sensible boy.
Would only be gone 15 mins...

Creamycoolerwithcream Tue 28-Jan-14 10:14:10

Yes I would. I started with 5/10 mite pop outs and built it up from there.

exexpat Tue 28-Jan-14 10:14:19

Yes. My yr6 11yo DD happily stays home alone for at least that long, also walks home from school by herself some days.

Is there anyone else (relative, neighbour, friend's mum etc) who might be more easily contactable by phone if she ever had any problems which weren't strictly emergencies?

Gileswithachainsaw Tue 28-Jan-14 10:15:27

Go for it smile they get the buses themselves at that she don't they? Schools allow kids in yr4/5 to walk themselves to school.

If they can manage that they can manage being home for an hour.just leave snacks in easy reach

TheProsAndConsOfHitchhiking Tue 28-Jan-14 10:15:30

I would, and have.

Gileswithachainsaw Tue 28-Jan-14 10:15:46

That was to bad smile

Northumberlandlass Tue 28-Jan-14 10:16:44

I leave my 10yr old DS for that long on Sat mornings if DH at work, so I can go to exercise classes. He knows where I am, he has tel numbers in case of emergencies & he's v sensible!

17leftfeet Tue 28-Jan-14 10:16:54

I would, they need to start learning to be independent at some point and in the controlled environment of her own home is the perfect opportunity

mindosa Tue 28-Jan-14 10:17:17


Owllady Tue 28-Jan-14 10:21:08

I have done too, I think it's fine if they are sensible and know what to do in an emergency

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