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MaryJaneParkers Mon 15-Feb-16 20:56:58

For 12 minutes, day time. (timed it previously). Age 5 to 11. All engrossed in Disney film. Eldest has home phone and mobile number.

For a quick bread/milk shop run, when it's raining and they're in PJs?

ChalkHearts Mon 15-Feb-16 20:57:33

Yes. Of course.

Flossieflower01 Mon 15-Feb-16 20:58:04

11 year old yes, 5 year old no. Age 9 would be my lower limit and only then if very sensible.

zombiesarecoming Mon 15-Feb-16 21:00:24


MaryJaneParkers Mon 15-Feb-16 21:34:55

Phew. Ok. I did this first time ever and worried I was awful. Was only because I was caught out with illness previous days so had no shopping.

attheendoftheday Tue 16-Feb-16 18:18:04

I wouldn't leave a 5 year old, no.

pinkcan Tue 16-Feb-16 18:20:23

No I would not leave the 5yo. Yes the 11yo with a sensible 9+ yo.

Natsku Tue 16-Feb-16 18:21:36

Oh yes, no worries.

Sirzy Tue 16-Feb-16 18:22:24

11 year old yes, 11 year old with siblings aged 8 or over probably. 5 year old in the sole care of 11 year old no. Not fair on the 11 year old imo

longdiling Tue 16-Feb-16 18:23:49

I leave my 9 and 11 year old for short periods but not the 5 year old. She's too young to be expected to be responsible and the older two are too young to be expected to be responsible for her imo.

Diamogs Tue 16-Feb-16 18:26:03

Yes I would

monkeyfacegrace Tue 16-Feb-16 18:30:30

I would too. My kids have been playing 'out' since 3 and 5 (we live rurally) and are very sensible.

I know when mine become 11 they will be more than capable of watching a 5 year old. Can't be said for all kids though.

FATEdestiny Tue 16-Feb-16 18:34:32

No way.

11 year old - yes.
10 year old - probably (if sensible)

But to leave older children being responsible for younger children - that is completely unfair on the older sibling to be given no choice in accepting that responsibility.

Unless children are an age they can be left home alone (ie on their own), then they should be left without an adult for this length of time.

Would you leave a 5 year old alone?

willconcern Tue 16-Feb-16 18:36:47

Yes for 12 mins!

Candycoco Tue 16-Feb-16 18:40:03

No because an 11 year old doesn't have the maturity or experience to deal with something that goes wrong and it's not fair for them to have sole responsibility of a 5 year old.

HarrietSchulenberg Tue 16-Feb-16 18:40:54

Yes, I've had to in order to walk the dog when they won't come with me.

DancingDinosaur Tue 16-Feb-16 18:44:12

Depends on the 5 year old. I think twice before leaving my 6 year old with anyone as he's such a handful. Definitely the 11 yr old though.

usual Tue 16-Feb-16 18:47:54

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ILoveACornishPasty Tue 16-Feb-16 18:49:37

Yes, totally would.

uhoh2016 Tue 16-Feb-16 18:59:23

I've left my 8 and 5 yo downstairs for longer than 12 mins when I've had a bath!!! I know I'm in the house but I can't see or really hear what they're up to. I suppose it depends on how sensible your children are

yomellamoHelly Tue 16-Feb-16 19:03:35

I would have (but would have taken the one in between). Depends on the children.

Sirzy Tue 16-Feb-16 19:04:11

Presumably you would jump out the bath in seconds if something happened though so Hardly the same!

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 16-Feb-16 19:09:07

As a one off, not regularly.

Obs2016 Tue 16-Feb-16 19:18:01

Depends. On the child. I've spent longer than that outside hoovering my car!! Ds2 is year 2 and can be left for ages playing x box with ds1, or ds1 off doing his own stuff.

BeverlyGoldberg Tue 16-Feb-16 19:42:58

I wouldn't but I am very over protective. I'd be worried if something happened to the five year old (choking, bad fall etc) the 11 yer old wouldn't know what to do.

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