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I have two young daughters, seven and eight-years-old and they are with their dad half of the time. I found out from my eight-year-old that they will be alone for 30 minutes to an hour each day they are with him because, after two years, he finally got the motivation to go get a job. ANYWAY…. there is no law in my state about the age of children being home by themselves; it is a case-by-case basis.
I want to get them a cell phone that is just for kids, like the Firefly. He has no home phone so there is no way to contact anyone if they have an emergency. That and I want to make sure they are able to call me when they get home from school and at night since he won’t let them use his phone. What is your opinion about kids their age having a phone of their own? And, of course, what is your opinion about kids this age staying alone?
Hi Worried Mom:
I think your signature is appropriate because, to be honest, I’d be a little worried too, if I were you. But it’s a common question and one we’ve dealt with before here on Good Enough Mother. Okay, so let’s break this down; here are the factors I would consider and then the action I would take if I were you.