my children are age 12 and 8 I work part time from 9am to 1pm 4 hours a day plus 30 minutes travel time total Can I leave them at home during this time
I wish someone could answer this question. There is no law that tells us the age that children are allowed to stay by themselves. It often depends on the maturity of the children and how well they get along. If they fight all the time and one is stronger than the other, it probably isn't a good idea to leave them alone. If they are likely to get into trouble, you probably shouldn't leave them alone. At the very least, you should have an adult or some adults close by that they can call upon if trouble comes their way. You should also have strict rules about not answering the door and not letting friends (or strangers on the internet) know that they are home alone. You might even restrict phone use while they are home alone. Good luck to you in making this very difficult decision.
There's no law about this, but your decision to depend on them to care for themselves should depend on their maturity and how much you trust them. Make clear rules and expectations. Alternatively, there may be some community programs where the children can go while you are working.
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