Home Alone: At What Age Is It Acceptable to Leave a Child Home?

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To most children, summer vacation means sun, fun and a long break from school. But for many parents, each summer brings with it the same difficult question: what to do with the kids? Working parents often grapple with leaving children unattended during the workdays, and childcare can take a toll on the pocketbook. How young is too young for a child to be left home alone?

We get the perspectives of two parents: Ylonda Gault Caviness, a parenting jounalist, as well as Professor Bruce Boyer, the Director of the Civitas Child Law Clinic at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.