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At what age were you first left alone overnight?

Asked by SpatzieLover (24554points) March 13th, 2009

Just curious as to what the norm is for Fluther’ers to have been left alone or currently let their kids alone in the home all night without a parent or guardian.

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casheroo's avatar

Alone all overnight?
I know they went on vacation when I was 15, but I stayed at my boyfriend(at the time) parents house during that time.
I’m going to have to go with 17. That was when I was left alone at my parents home. I would also stay out all night, sleeping over my boyfriend’s, or my friends house.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Alone, overnight, at my parent’s house? I guess the summer between my second and third year of college. They just generally aren’t gone at the same time. They’ve never been the type to vacation without us and they don’t drink, so going to a party and then staying at a hotel downtown just never happened.

Jack79's avatar

10 months old, but they did come back eventually. Really alone? Never I think. My parents were always there, and if we ever went on holidays, it would be together. I was 17 when I moved out, which I guess is the first night I had to spend somewhere alone (plus maybe a few more when I’d ran away from home a couple of years before that).

My daughter is far too young to spend the night alone, but above all, she’s far too attached to me to even spend a minute alone. She’s generally well-behaved though, so I’d trust her on her own once she learns how to pick up the phone and dial my number. But I’d still have someone (like a neighbour) keeping an eye on her though.

googlybear's avatar

The wife said she and the girls were going out but that she would be back later on that night..she ended up sleeping over at her sister’s house…I must have been 27 or 28 :-D

SpatzieLover's avatar

@ googly That’s hilariously honest ;D

galileogirl's avatar

I was wakened late one night when I was 9. My Mom was having a baby and I was told to give the kids breakfast in the morning. My Dad was back by 7:30. It happened again when I was almost 12. Today if that happened someone would be calling CPS.

The first time we were alone for days was when I was 16, I stayed with my 15 and 14 yo brothers for a week when my Dad went to move the rest of the family 500 miles to our new home,

Les's avatar

17 I think. My parents were in New York visiting my brother and I stayed home because of my job. They were the worst few nights ever. I had to have every light on in the damn house and I “slept” with one eye (and ear) open all night. I think as soon as the sun just slightly rose above the horizon, I was up for good. When you live in Chicago and you are home alone, every sound you hear is the sound of someone breaking into your house. (Not really. It isn’t that bad. I’m just a nervous homebody.)

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I was 8/9 and my sister was 10/11.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@DrasticDreamer was this often? or on some odd occasion?

girlofscience's avatar

Never happened once in the 18 years I lived with my parents.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

After the first time it happened when I was 8 or 9, it was very often. My sister and I didn’t have a great childhood for a while.

Judi's avatar

My mom worked nights when I was a teenager. Big mistake.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Overnight? 8. My guardian had to work the night shift for a while. Her son was 10.

Alyanna's avatar

I’m not sure when the first time I was left home alone overnight was, but I started babysitting at 11 – it was never overnight, but I was alone with whichever kid I was sitting until after midnight pretty regularly.
Delaware law says a kid can’t be left home alone at all until age 11, and I think even then there’s a limit of how many hours they can be alone. That seems pretty reasonable to me (though admittedly every kid matures at a different rate).

ubersiren's avatar

My parents never went anywhere overnight. Ever. If it involved being away from cigarettes and the internet for more than 5 minutes, my mom was out. They rarely left the house. So, not until I was 18 and moved out.

augustlan's avatar

My 14 year-old has spent 1 night by herself, due to an odd set of circumstances. She is extremely responsible, and everything was perfectly fine but I would normally say 14 is way too young. It’s not something we plan on repeating any time real soon.

justus2's avatar

I was alone at like 9–12 with my friends.

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