Quoting khigh:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Heeeeeey, Sexy lady. ;):</b>" Until they are old enough to take ... [snip!] ... Dd can do all that now. She's five. Heck, at 13, I was an overnight weekend nanny for a family with three little boys."
Well yeah, but smurf happens. What happens if some creep spots you going t the store while you leave your LO in the car so he tries to go and snatch her or something? Although, odds are that won't happen it still could. I don't picture a five year old reacting, I see them being scared and panicking.
I don't know, I used to stay home alone at 13. I was able to cook myself a meal at 13 but still. When it comes to my kid's safety I'm a freak. I worry more than most parents I know. I imagine situations I know will likely not happen but I'd rather be safe than sorry.