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What age should you leave a teenager home alone overnight?

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purpleroses Wed 14-Nov-12 22:02:53

DP and his ex are in dispute about whether his DD1 is old enough to be left alone at home overnight. To get some perspective, what age did you first/would you leave your teenager on their own a) overnight b) for a weekend and c) for a full week?

(teenager is normally sensible and reasonably mature but sociable and inclined to push boundaries.)

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 17:21:27

I would be worried about the state my house would be in at any age tbh, but I lived on my own from the day after my 16th birthday so I do find it ridiculous people saying 17/18 before a weekend away. shock

ClippedPhoenix Wed 28-Nov-12 15:23:21

DS is nearly 15 and very sensible. 16 for a night. Not a whole weekend until 17/18. Would you not think about her bringing along a friend on holiday?

purpleroses Wed 28-Nov-12 20:39:19

We might think about her bringing a friend except we have 6 DCs between us so that would be rather a lot.

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