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When Can I Stay Home Alone in the Daytime?

When can I stay home alone in the daytime?

Around age 11 or 12, many kids start spending short periods of time at home alone. They might let themselves in the house after school or stay home alone while mom or dad goes to the store. But it really depends on how the kid feels about this. Some kids don't like the idea of staying home alone while others beg their parents for a chance to try it.

Even if you'll be staying home alone for a short while, it's important to know what you would do in an emergency. It's also good to know of an adult who lives nearby who you could call if you feel lonely or need something. And if you don't want to stay home alone yet, be sure to talk that over with your mom or dad.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: July 2010

Kids Health

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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