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what age safe home alone

Readers — I was going to go out on a high — the happy post below this one, about kids enjoying a New Year’s party together while their parents did the same at another house — when one of you sent in this:

“Mom Left Young Kids Alone to Go Clubbing: Police”

Young? Her oldest kid was 13 — babysitter age.

WHY IS THIS A CRIME??? If this is all there really is to the story, we are treating the mom like a criminal and the teen like a baby, all because we think no one under 18 is ever safe doing anything without adult supervision.

Now if the headline read: “Mom Left Young Kids Alone to Go Clubbing Police,” well…I could understand the consternation. That’s why we endorse good punctuation here. But not persecuting and prosecuting moms who trust their teens. – L

I guess the 13-year-old boy did not look like these kids.

I guess the 13-year-old boy did not look like these kids.