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How young is too young to leave kids home alone?

If you ask different parents, you'll likely get different answers.
/ Source: TODAY

It's a question every parent struggles with eventually: At what age is it appropriate to leave a child home alone?

If you ask different parents, you're likely to get different answers.

For a mother in Canada, 8 years old seemed right for her son to be left unsupervised for two hours in the afternoon each day. But she's since learned that the court doesn't feel the same.

According to CBC News, the boy's father (who is no longer with the mother) and a social worker objected to the arrangement, with the social worker claiming that children under 10 lack the ability to self-supervise and avoid risks.

The Supreme Court of British Columbia agreed.


But the director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family told CBC News there's no one-size-fits-all approach.

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"There are 7-year-old kids that I would trust with the keys to my house, and 17-year-old kids I would never trust with the keys to my house," John-Paul Boyd said. "It's a parent's right to decide whether or not her particular child is old enough and mature enough to handle those decisions on his own."

In the U.S., few states have any official ages on the books to guide parents, with Maryland (age 8) and Illinois (age 14) being rare exceptions.

Tell us what age you feel is right?

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