How Old is Old Enough to Stay Home Alone?

  When Jane turned 10 all she wanted for her birthday was to stay home alone. That was the big gift. She wanted me to go to the drycleaner or the grocery store and to leave her alone. I think we’d left the kids home alone before that, like Mr. G and I would take walks after dinner and leave the kids but we’re babysitter free these days unless driving or homework help is required. Friends of ours left their kids home alone beginning in 3rd grade, or about 8. …