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The pregnant mum says she frequently left her five year old son home alone…until she got caught!

A soon to be mum-of-two has shared a controversial post on Reddit, admitting that she has no issue leaving her five year old son home alone while she goes food shopping. The mum said that she finds it difficult to get her son organised to go out, especially while pregnant, and has taken to leaving him by himself for up to an hour at a time.

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The mum admitted that she didn’t tell her fiance that she was leaving their son alone.

“I usually leave him home behind my fiance’s back (no judgment please!)” she wrote.

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On the particular day in question, the mum admits she wanted to stop by the shops to buy lunch at her favourite cafe.

“Since I’m pregnant I was craving this specific place in the mall,” she said. “My son’s lunch was in the oven and I figured that by the time it was ready, I’d be home…My son is potty trained and just plays games on his iPad/watches TV.”

While she was out, her fiance returned home early from work to discover their son alone in the house with the oven on, prompting him to send her a strongly worded text…

A Difference Of Opinion

After receiving a string of angry messages from her fiance, the mum said she believed he was overreacting.

“I feel degraded and belittled over nothing,” she said. “A 5 year old is perfectly capable of fending for himself for an hour. I’m honestly about to pack my bags and never let my son see his father again as well as when this baby is born. I would rather be single than spoken to this way.”

We’re pretty sure the wrong parent is playing the victim here – we’d be absolutely furious if we discovered that our other half had left a five-year-old at home while they went to pick up lunch!

Pregnancy isn’t easy, and finding time to get everything done with children in tow is always a challenge, but leaving your child at home alone with the oven on is completely unacceptable! This mum needs to sort out her priorities…

What age do you think children can be left home alone? Share your thoughts in the comments.

  • As a grandmother of 8 I think you have been selfish, irresponsible and just plain silly, 5 years old is way too young to be left at home. Why could he not have gone with you?

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  • Everyone is different

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  • I really hope this doesn’t happen with the new stage 4 in Melbourne. Fingers crossed we keep our kiddies safe and protected

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  • I always feel a little bit anxious leaving my 6 and 3 year old with somebody else let alone leaving them on their own. Especially leaving the oven on as well. That mother was being so selfish as I know it would be easier to do things alone but would never leave my kids alone to do it. I think a child would have to be around 12 years old before they could be left alone for short periods.

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  • Very irresponsible to leave a 5 year old alone.

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  • This is not OK what if something happened this mum would never forgive herself

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  • Wow, just reading the title made me panic. Thank goodness nothing happened.
    Regarding the age to leave a child at home alone, I would say 13, but it depends on the child

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  • I’ve only got a little one so not yet even thinking about that but reading this made my stomach tighten and my whole body start to feel anxious. Thank heaven nothing happened!

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  • I would say 12 year old, no less than that. I can’t believe hoy she did that not only to the kid but also her partner!!

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  • This women is insane!! I’m sure her partners reaction was totally justified!! That is WAY too Young! I think maybe 10 years old and only if they where mature enough to handle it, and not for long periods, maybe half hour at the most!

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  • Just crazy. I think this one is completely made up. Oh as if you would leave a five year old home, with the oven on no less!

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  • There are so many variables! Where do you live? Is it a safe neighbourhood? Do you know your neighbours well (not just a hi over the fencr) do they have a way of contacting you? What’s their maturity level? I don’t think there is a set age I’d use.

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  • Omg. It’s sometimes crossed my mind for a brief second but i have never, and will never leave my child home alone when they are young. So much could happen. What if something happens to you. Also nowadays you can shop online etc or get a babysitter. I think the Mum was being selfish.

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  • No way! That is not okay! 15 minutes maybe but an hour? And stopping to buy lunch? With the oven on??

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  • I would sometimes leave my boys alone while I popped to the shop to get something for lunch. We live in a rural area so I never had to worry about traffic or anything like that. I certainly wouldn’t leave a 5 year old on his own for more than a couple of minutes and that would only be if I was hanging the washing on the line. What is she going to do when her new baby arrives. Leave the 5 year old to babysit? If I lived in the city my youngest would have to be at least 12 and responsible before I’d leave him alone but I’d be panicking the whole time till I got back to them. She is definitely in the wrong and I think she needs to grow up herself

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