The age at which a child can legally be left alone in the house varies from province to province. Some specify a minimum age (ranging from 10 to 16), while others leave it up to the discretion of parents.
The right age really depends on your kid. One child might be mature enough at 10 to stay behind for an hour while you grocery shop, but another may need supervision for a few more years.
If you’re thinking about loosening the reins (especially with the new school year approaching) ask yourself these three questions:
If the answer to these is "yes," here’s how to get started:
This article was originally published in August 2015.
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