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What Age Can You Leave Your Kid Home Alone in Texarkana?

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What age can you leave your child alone at home? That is the question we asked on today’s morning show and the answer may surprise you.

There is no age requirement for the Texarkana area. In fact, Texas and Arkansas are in the majority of the country in its rules for this situation. According to the website imom, 34 states do not have any age requirements when it comes to being left at home alone.

According to Child Welfare website only three states have laws that have minimum ages for kids to be left home alone. Maryland the minimum age is 8, Illinois it is 14 and in Oregon the age is set at 10. Some states have recommendations from as low as 6 all the way up to 12, but I find it surprising that there are not laws set for every state.

How old were you when you were first left home alone? What age would you leave your kids home alone? With today’s technology with smartphones, we might feel a little more comfortable in leaving our kids home alone now that we can keep up with them.

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