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Would you leave a sensible 12 yr old home alone?

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BluebellTheDonkey Tue 24-May-16 22:02:31

For 2 hours? I am wondering if this would be acceptable, once a week. Its my DS, he is a mature sensible lad and knows not to answer the door, keep his phone by him etc.
Would you? Or is it too long?

LexieSinclair Tue 24-May-16 22:03:48

Yes, definitely. He would be fine.

RJnomore1 Tue 24-May-16 22:04:07

If it was properly planned Nd they were OK with then yes I would and according to mn I am very risk averse so it should be fine!

neolara Tue 24-May-16 22:04:17


blimeyalldecentnamesaregone Tue 24-May-16 22:04:46

Yes of course.

YouMakeMyDreams Tue 24-May-16 22:05:42

Yes of course.

princessmi12 Tue 24-May-16 22:05:44

12 year olds allowed to go to school themselves so couple of hours alone shouldn't be a problem

FreshHorizons Tue 24-May-16 22:07:30


Patterkiller Tue 24-May-16 22:07:56

Yes. If course. At that age they are quite capable of being sensible and responsible. In fact I think it does them a world of good giving the some independence.

WordGetsAround Tue 24-May-16 22:08:28

Of course!

reup Tue 24-May-16 22:08:49

Yes, I do several times a week, since he was 11.

Tequilamockinbird Tue 24-May-16 22:09:11

Yes, and I have.

He will be fine.

PUGaLUGS Tue 24-May-16 22:09:16

Of course.

Wolfiefan Tue 24-May-16 22:09:54

Yes. I would.

BluebellTheDonkey Tue 24-May-16 22:10:06

Thanks! Very pleased to read all the positive replies. He has been nagging for ages about not being dragged along to younger brother's swimming lessons, a 10 min drive away. Would be on his own 3-5pm. In an emergency I could ring my parents who are just down the road. (I'm overthinking it nowwink)
We'll give it a

Blu Tue 24-May-16 22:10:54

It is normal for secondary school kids to fend for themselves for a while after school.

Natsku Tue 24-May-16 22:10:58

Without a doubt.

CremeEggThief Tue 24-May-16 22:11:10

Of course. I left my DS all day (7.15-5.15) for the first time the month before he turned 12.

milkysmum Tue 24-May-16 22:12:09

Goodness me most definitely

DramaAlpaca Tue 24-May-16 22:12:18


Ludways Tue 24-May-16 22:15:53

Yes and have.

BluebellTheDonkey Tue 24-May-16 22:16:00

Blu that's why I posted to find out what normal is! Seems I may have been a little, ahem, overprotectiveblush Have always worked school hours so always been around at the end of the school day. Guess its skewed my view a little. Anyway thanks everyone, here's to a more independent DS!
<visions of DS staying in same place on sofa for 2 hrs occupied by various screens>

stealthsquiggle Tue 24-May-16 22:16:14

2 hours, yes, definitely.

I am guessing your DS is a fan of MN right now, OP?

Iflyaway Tue 24-May-16 22:17:59

Yes. Great age for some independence..

And some space. We all need it.

BluebellTheDonkey Tue 24-May-16 22:19:10

Stealth no, more like Netflix, and a very boring American lego youtuber whose name escapes me. He drones on and on about lego sets and I occasionally feign interest.

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