I take my daughter to speech therapy twice a week for an hour. The office is less than five minutes from my house, and because of the whole homeschooling thing, I have to bring my soon-to-be 10 year old along with us every time.
Which, you know, on the grand scale of things, is not really that big of a deal. They have an observation room that we sit in, and we either read books or play games on the Kindle. Well, usually it is me reading a book and him playing the games.
For almost all of my upper elementary years into high school, I was a stereotypical latch-key kid. I would take the bus to my grandmother’s house, go into the backyard and over into the garage, where the house key would be waiting for me, tucked into a compartment in the water heater cabinet. I would let myself in, watch television, maybe get a drink, and my grandmother or grandfather would be home from work in two hours or so. My grandparents were very young, and didn’t hit retirement age until I was almost in high school.
I never had any issues or problems during those latch-key years. No person trying to rob the house or salesmen knocking on the door. Or, if there was someone purporting to be a salesman, I simply didn’t answer the door at all.
Even though he will be 10 in less than a month, my son has a fairly good head on his shoulders. I know he is definitely not the type to light something on fire just for the hell of it, or make prank phone calls. He just doesn’t have that type of temperament, and never has.
I was toying with the idea of possibly leaving him here for the hour that I am away at speech therapy, what with being so close and it admittedly being quite boring for him during the sessions.
My state has no age limit as to when a child can legally be left at home alone. It’s more of a “you can make the decision yourself, but there will be hell to pay if you make the wrong one” type of thing.
At what age, if ever, did your parents leave you home alone?