I left our kids at home alone

20 thoughts on “I left our kids at home alone”

  1. As I recall, you babysat for my little boys when you were 11! You were big and brave and confident acting. I was nervous. Now that you are a mom, all that looks different, doesn’t it?
    Your blog is excellent! This one made me smile to hear/read you express so well what all moms feel.
    Cindy

    Like

    1. Thank you Cindy, and yes, it looks so different as a parent! 11 is still a baby, right? It feels that way to me now, though I’m sure it didn’t when I was 11 and babysitting your boys.

      Like

  2. And a new chapter begins…

    These leaps in development for the children always leave me trailing behind both mentally and physically. I look forward to this day and dread it still. Congrats on raising kids who are eager to be self sufficient. That is no small thing.

    Like

    1. Thank you Amy 🙂 It is exhilarating and heart-breaking at the same time. I am so proud of them, though, that they want to be independent. It feels wonderful that they have confidence in themselves.

      Like

  3. Morgan was ready to stay home alone before we were ready for it. Then with our lifestyle (WAHD, SAHM & hs’ing kids) we had to create situations for her to stay home alone. Alex wasn’t ready for long after we were ready for him to be. But they are such individuals that you really have to decide when is right for each child based on their personalities, comfort level,etc. I was forced into staying home alone w/my younger sibling for long periods of time and being responsible for starting dinner & more at a young age due to divorce. I didn’t want that for my kids and am so thankful that they have been able to come to it on their own time. They are now 14 1/2 and 12 and growing up way too fast.

    Like

    1. Yeah, we’re definitely taking small steps, and they are more ready than I am. I think I’m only comfortable with a half hour or so, when I’m within 5 minutes of them, and only during the day. I’m such a braveheart 😉

      Like

  4. I’m a pretty loose mom and definitely NOT a hover parent, but I’ve gotta say, you are braver than I am. Spencer still doesn’t like leaving them home alone and they are now 12 and 9. I was forced to when I started school in August, but I still get a tad nervous. We have to start somewhere, right!??? I HAVE noticed that they get along better when neither parent are home haha. And we were 11 and 12 when we started babysitting, right? Lol I’m comfortable with Bethany babysitting other kids but her being alone for 2 hours makes me feel bad?!? It just doesn’t make sense. I’m hurting used to it.
    Good for you!!

    Like

  5. Never leave them home alone! And don’t let them start dating until they’re 30. Or get a driver’s license. I remember when you were babysitting next door and little Jim pulled the TV out of the cabinet, and before that had to watch “Annie” with Rosie about a thousand times. I’m waxing nostalgic, and it’s hard watching everyone growing up and older, but it’s satisfying at the same time. Let them know if there’s ever an intruder to not hang up after dialing 911, and to stay online until help arrives.

    Like

  6. Like you I was babysitting at 11. I was so grown up though…. The first time I left my son home was really difficult and he was about 7 or 8 I was just running to the store less than 5 min down the road and I alerted the neighbors. It is always nerve wracking. Now at 15 he babysits his much younger brothers and I still get nervous leaving the 3 of them “alone”.

    Like

  7. aww…I remember taking these baby steps too…I think my first “baby step” was driving to the corner, filling my car with gas and driving home. I HATED IT and loved it at the same time. The next time I actually went to the store a few miles down the road…It was ALOT easier to take these steps when we were living on a military base where there is almost NO crime but was a little scary when we moved off base. In one of our houses, we created a small “panic room” for the kids. If anyone were to break in, they could hide in this hidden “closet” that locked from the inside and had a special separate phone line inside with a phone for calling 911. I kept a few bottles of water, first aid, phone numbers and a flashlight in there and there were good things they could hide behind in there as well. It gave us all a little extra peace of mind. Andrea, I think you are raising responsible kids and doing the right thing. You’re a good Mommy 🙂

    Like

  8. This just reminded me how quickly time goes by! My 5 yo may be able to stay home by herself in just a few years. Makes me kind of sad. Thanks for the information though :).

    Like

  9. As parent, we eventually faces the decision to leave our kids alone, when we really have to. However, when we decided to leave them, we need to make sure that they are properly trained to face all the possible danger that they may encounter. Keeping our children safe is our full responsibility. I’m a mother and I do almost everything to protect my daughter from getting hurt. That is why I provided him this mobile-based safety service for her protection. Just pressing a button he can notify and alert friends, family and myself. If needed, the call will be routed to the nearest 911 dispatch. Protect your kids too and check this out: https://login.safekidzone.com/mobilesafety/?CampaignLandingPage=RelentlessProtectionSafeLink&refcode=relentlessprotection&amp%3Ba_aid=514ae0d65ccc2

    Like

Comments are closed.