Is 10 years too young?

My 10 years old is begging me to leave him alone in our apartment while I go to activities with my little guy(6). The thing is I feel unsure about leaving him alone and not because he doesnt behave but I am scared an emergency comes up. I do not know any of my neighbors to ask them to keep an eye on him. When I take my little guy to his activities it takes about 1.5 hrs to go back home. While he is a well behaved kid I am just paranoid about something going wrong and him not being able to defend himself. Our appartment is very secure. Please let me know if you are in the same boat or if you were.... how did you do? I feel bad for him, cause I know he wants to be more independent but its the “what if” that kills me..... I am toooooooo over protective and I hate it cause my parents were like that too and I used to feel traped.

  • Patricia
    Oct 02, 2018

    I have a 10 yo and a 7 week old. My son is also very well behaved and he has a cell phone in case of emergencies and I leave him home from time to time when I’m running errands. I started off with leaving him for short amounts of time until we built up some trust leaving him. I think that will help you too. Start with short trips then build the confidence that you need in him. Let him know to not answer the door and act our example of things you want him to avoid. It helps.

  • Amanda
    Oct 02, 2018

    My fiancé has twin 10 year olds. Their mother decided at 9 to leave them alone is she wanted to go out alone,or with her boyfriend. So they were pretty young. Now, being 10 the boy wants to stay home cause he doesn’t want to go do girly things with his sister. He loves video games so I know that’s all he will do while I step out. I think if you trust him, he has food, enough things to do I think he would do fine. I’m sure he doesn’t want to always be with the younger sibiling

  • Amanda
    Oct 02, 2018

    Depends on the state. We thought it was too but unfortunately if they’re safe, have a phone to call, have food. They’re fine to stay alone.

  • Karyn
    Oct 02, 2018

    I’m from Texas. Sorry thought I was commenting on a local one.

  • Amanda
    Oct 02, 2018

    I wish it was illegal! Then we would of had the kids full time. But unfortunately in Florida it’s not 😢

  • Anonymous
    Oct 03, 2018

    My oldest is 7. I leave him home alone when I run very brief errands, under an hour. My middle is 4. I have left her home with her big brother for extremely short errands, under 30 minutes. When I leave the kids home alone, I have them stay in the toy room and watch a show on the iPad. In our toy room we have a Ring doorbell. I can use the security camera to look at them at any time, I can talk to them through it, and they can call me just by pushing the button. In my state there are no specific laws, so long as the children are not endangered in any way.

  • Stacy
    Oct 08, 2018

    It is legal at 8 in NC

  • Kadee
    Oct 27, 2018

    It is not illegal to leave your child home alone in Texas under a particular age. The child must be in a safe location, have means for communication, and food available. The child must be able to care for themselves. We started allowing our oldest to stay by himself after school in 5th grade for about 45 minutes before someone got home from work. We told him that if he wasn’t responsible, the school offered after school care and he would be going there instead.

  • Kathy
    Nov 25, 2018

    Christmas ideas for 12 year old boy

  • Robin
    Jan 12

    In my previous state under 12 was against the law-