PSYCHOLOGY

“She'll Be Fine!” Mom Leaves Her 4-Month-Old Daughter At Home Alone To Run Errands

Date June 17, 2019 17:27

Protecting children’s lives and health is the responsibility of their parents or guardians. Especially, in the case of very young children. As they grow up, eventually, there rises a question when the kid can be left alone.

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Alas, there is no clear instruction here. First, because everyone has different living conditions and different situations. Second, all children have different levels of independence. Generally speaking, children under 7 years of age should be in safe conditions and within sight and hearing range of adults. But the fact that babies require continuous adult supervision is indisputable.

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On one forum, a woman told of a story she'd heard at school. One of the mothers leaves her 4-month-old daughter at home alone when she goes to school to pick up her older child. She is sure that her baby will be all right.

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She probably lives very close to the school, literally two minutes away, but it will still take at least 10 minutes to pick up the child, get him or her ready, and return. The topic starter got very concerned with this thought: should she tell the mother that it’s not safe for the baby or should she stay out of it?

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The users’ reaction was unanimous: you cannot leave a baby at home alone without supervision, this is very reckless.

@DistanceCall:

It's not just that something could happen to the child in those 10 minutes and she wouldn't be around. It's that something could happen to the mother meanwhile – what if she gets run over / delayed / something else happens?

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@Pencilcase123:

It is neglect. It is a heck of a risk and it is illegal. Tell the school’s dedicated safeguarding officer.

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Of course, there are different situations and it’s impossible to predict everything. However, if you have to leave your child (not younger than 7 years old) at home alone, then you should consider the following:

  1. If there are neighbors, can they come to the rescue?
  2. How independent is your child?
  3. Does your kid know the rules of safe behavior if someone knocks on the door?
  4. Can your child stay calm if something goes wrong?

Anyway, try to keep your child as close as possible until you feel that he or she is mature enough. This will be better for everyone.


The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.