my son is 7 an he is mature for his age do u think he 2 young 2 stay in house on his own wen me and baby go 2 the post office which is 5min walk to get there? my son will just watch tv an i av good neighbours the longest i would b is 30min but i dont know if i wana let him he naggin 2 stay in and i need 2 go. please giv me ur advice

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Tricia - posted on 08/03/2011

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Hello,

I would say never leave a child that age home alone. Please don't put your child nor yourself in harms way. Anything could happen to you on the way or home alone. Tell him you need his help or if it can wait, just dont go. If you did leave him you would worry the whole time and again anything could happen so dont out yourself or the child through it. Heaven forbid, what if he open the door for a stranger, or a break in, or an accident along the way. If he cant stay with the good neighbor, just stay home.

God bless you,

Pat

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Natalie - posted on 08/04/2011

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i never left him i had my mam 2 cum up 2 sit wiv him an me an the bby went. i dnt think i would av bn able 2 leave him anyway tbh i just wanted opinions thanks evry1 4 commentin bk 2 me. there nothin wrong wiv him just he h8s goin dwn post he rather cwch on sofa wiv cartoons lol xx

Jodi - posted on 08/03/2011

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Katherine, where did you find a law that specified an age in Wales? I haven't found anything that says that at all.
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice/...

However, I still wouldn't leave a 7 year old, it probably wouldn't be considered legal under the wording of the law with respect to putting the child at risk.

Jodi - posted on 08/03/2011

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Is there some reason he can't go with you? Other than his nagging? Personally, I'd tell him to stop the nagging, put his shoes on, he's coming. I didn't start leaving my son on his own until he was about 10, and he is pretty mature for his age too. I just didn't think that at 7 he would be able to handle an emergency if it cropped up.

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I wouldn't leave a 7 year old home alone for any length of time. Of course, I haven't left my 9.5 year old twins yet, so....

Sherri - posted on 08/03/2011

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Ummmm YES, I kind of hoping you are joking. No child at the age of 7 is old enough to stay on their own.

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Wow, yes he is too young no bones about it. A lot can happen in 5 to 30 minutes & would you ever be able to forgive yourself? Men are not rational creatures at 20 much less 7, so no on the leaving him alone.

Natalie - posted on 08/03/2011

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iv searched child rights, social services health visitors etc thy just say no age limit as long as not toddler etc all depends on how the child is but i dnt know. my mam cumin now tho 2 sit wiv him

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