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Children are precious and their safety should be a priority for all adults, not just parents and relatives. In the Child Safety category, questions should be about the welfare and safety of children, including how to keep them out of harm's way. Everything from keeping them safe at home, on the playground, and on the Internet to what to do if they are experiencing abuse at home or bullying at school to the safety of their car seats and toys and more can be asked here.

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If you think a baby shower will be held, you should definitely hold off on buying some things, including some larger items, in case you have very generous family or friends. But if you have definite preferences for certain brands/models of car seat, stroller, etc, you may want to either let relative…
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Go to Sherwin Williams and ask them for Harmony Paint. It is a Zero VOC paint. It contains not Volatile Organic Compounds. These are what causes irritation in some people. Don't paint the room with your kid in the room. Paint when you can keep the windows open and point a fan in the opposite directi…
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Yes there are books and information you can find online to help your child with moving. It's a difficult task , but make sure the child feels involved in the move. like they are helping out. I was an army brat so I know moving is just the start. Make them feel secure about their new environment and …
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If your baby is only a few months old do the changing of the diapers and let the sleep on the floor if you have to. Leaving your baby unattended for even a few seconds on tables and such is not a good idea. Check with your babies doctor and they will probably tell you the same. Your suppposed to use…
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Your parent must request a modification in the court ordered custody. In virtually every state in the USA you can not choose which parent to live with as long as you are a minor. When parents are divorced the court issues a custody order that addresses both physical and legal custody. Sometimes the…
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What is in the BEST interest of the child?3020. (a) The Legislature finds and declares that it is the public policy of this state to assure that the health, safety, and welfare of children shall be the court's primary concern in determining the best interest of children when making any orders regard…
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Do not let it continue. You should contact Child Protective Services. 1-800-4-A-CHILD® (1-800-422-4453) They will probably send a social worker who is a caring, intelligent person who can and will help you. As much as you might hesitate to involve authorities in a family matter, this is impor…
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"Get down on the floor at baby level and look around for stuff that could be hazardous." "If you have stair railing along an upstairs hallway or deck railing that has the balisters more than 3 or 4 inches apart, you need to look into netting of some sort to keep children from falling through the r…
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Pool Safety for Children A very short answer would be to never,ever, ever leave your small child alone near a pool not even for a minute...a locked door is not enough to keep an inquisitive child out of the pool area...a fence with an electronic alarm is essential. And please be aware that childr…
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns consumers about hidden water hazards for small children in and around the home. Recent data show that a third as many children under age 5 (an average of about 115 annually) drown from other hazards around the home as drown in pools. Many of t…
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%DETAILS% Answer Some of the most serious health problems for your children may start in your home. This booklet explains some of these health concerns and tells what you can do about home safety. Allergies and asthma are health problems that may be caused or made worse by …
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Child Electrical Safety The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Electrical Safety Foundation (NESF) are urging consumers to look for and correct electrical safety hazards in their homes. Each year, incidents involving electrical equipment, such as extension cords, outl…
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Start with age of the child ,and use age appropriate educational tools. Common things that work are Stop, Drop, and Roll. E.D.I.T.H. Exit Drills In The Home Have two ways out -know your exits Crawl low in smoke Feel the door don't open it, Schedule a visit to your daycare or school with yo…
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Here are some use and installation tips from the U.S. Department of Transportation: Select a seating position with a lap and shoulder belt. Never use with lap belt only. The back is the safest place for all children to sit. A booster seat without a back may be used if child's head is supported (up…
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%DETAILS% Answer Here are some child toy safety tips: Before shopping for toys, consider the child's age, interests and abilities. Be selective in your purchases. When shopping, read labels. Look for age ranges and safety warnings. Be especially careful when choos…
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Child Bicycle SafetyBicycle crashes can result in serious injury. In 1997, more than half a million persons were injured badly enough to need emergency department care as a result of bike crashes in the United States. Wearing a bicycle helmet reduces the risk of brain injury from a bike crash by as …
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%FOLLOWUPS% When it comes to taking medicines, kids aren't just small adults. When using non-prescription medicines, here are 10 ways to be sure you're giving your children the right medicine and the right amount.Read and follow the label directions every time. Pay special attention to usage dire…
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Safe Slide SpeedI would say go with a slide that is the proper size for your child to be able to control the speed of the slide. Any child under 8 should not use one of the slides that are bigger than five foot. Talk with your child's doctor for more advice. There are toddler slides for toddlers now…
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There are removable fences available, there were even banner ads on your question page for fences, so they should be pretty easy to find. I don't know what the law is there, but I would talk to the landlord and see if he would be willing to invest in a fence, since he could probably be liable in cas…
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%DETAILS%%FOLLOWUPS% There are a few seats on the market that will probably fit your child. You might try the Jupiter Komfort Kruiser as it has a base that is 19.5 in wide. Also Britax has just released a new seat called the Body Guard that has an adjustable base. I'm not sure what it is at its…
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%DETAILS% Answer I'm not familiar with the kind of high chair you've described, so I would have to tell you just to use some common sense. I don't like the idea of strings or ropes or what-have-you anywhere that a child could get a hold of it. On the other hand, you should NEVER leave a chil…
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Yes, your parents have to agree that you can live there so the other adult can be your legal guardian. Or you have to go to a court and prove that your life at home with either parent is bad and that life with the other adult is stable and they are responsible, etc. It may be hard to get it done, bu…
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If you mean behind the second row, yes, it's illegal. And it's extremly unsafe even if it is legal. There may be a few "behind the times" states that still have the law that as long as all seat belts are in use, people can sit behind the seat or in laps, but that doesn't mean this should be done. It…
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Keep them off of high things unless they are totally superivsed. I have a general rule, that if they aren't big enough to climb on it themselves, they shouldn't be on it. A few exceptions are, the changing table because you will be right there the whole time. The highchair because they are strapped …
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I can't find anywhere on the net that says either way. I did find something that said use a newer booster and described the kind with just the seat, not the thing across the front, but that seemed more for extra safety than law. If this booser is pretty old, then it is probably a better idea to buy …
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There isn't a big danger if it isn't in use. The only danger would be if they fell and hit themselves on it. You'll just have to watch them carefully around the wood stove and teach them not to run around it and to be careful. Kids can learn at a really young age the proper behavior around different…
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You can go to most baby stores or a baby store online and buy "bumpers" for the outside of the stove or gates to go around the entire stove. Neither should be very expensive. The gate will fasten to the walls. You shouldn't have to do too much for it to be considered safe.
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uuum i think dragging a child is wright because if a child is been norty running aobut then yes he shud be removed or if he refuses then yes he shud be draged out at my private school i am 11 and teacher are alloud to do this i got a 3rd card for swearing and ye i desredved it the teacher came ove…
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Get in touch with your local fire department and see if they have a juvenile firesetter program or if they can refer you to one. I was a firesetter interviewer as a fire fighter, and found that most of these children lack a stable family environment. they seek attention and act out without really un…
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Depends on the severity of the accident. But for most pool accidents, you should call 911 and they will help you with any emergency steps that need to be taken. Even if you pull the kid out and they appear to be fine they should be checked out in the emergency department as they can react later whe…
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Beating is physical abuse. Cursing and berating the child is verbal and emotional abuse. These are abusive behaviors par excellence.In addition to the above, other forms of child abuse are sexual abuse and child neglect.You basicly know you get child abuse when they make you bleed or brused. My pare…
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This is regulated individually by each state/country, so you should check with the driving manual or on the dmv website of the state/country where you are driving. Typically, there is a weight limit for the child, under which they need to be in a car seat. Above that weight, a seat-belt is fine. 80 …
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Answer No above ground pool cover is safe for little ones as adults can be in a rush and forget to "buckle down the hatches." Usually the covers that fit over the sides and are clipped down are the best. However, a fence around the above pool is even better. Marcy A swimming pool safety cover …
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It depends on the laws in your state. Each state varies on the laws for carseat and booster laws.   Really, yes. It's because seat belts are designed to fit adults over 5ft tall, and children that are under 4ft 9in tall really don't fit them. It's not about how old they are, it's about safety…
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According to the workers, tube slides are definatly safer than open slides. With open slides, there is a higher chance of people falling over the the side.
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All booster seats can be used with a shoulder belt as far as I know. The best are the kind with a back on them. Just follow the directions that come with it. And you can ask store people, they may know a lot about them.   Someone answer his question. I have the same question. We have the boos…
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Flying with Children  Here is advice from the community for air travel with kids: Fly on red-eyes for long trips. Your child should sleep. Be sure there is someone else to care for him/her when s/he wakes the next day, because you will be beat.Use car seats on planes. Safety aside, children a…
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Car seats vs. airline seats I do not know of any FAA approved (i.e The Britax Regent will not fit nor is it FAA approved) car seat that will not fit an airline seat. However, a good tip I've learned is to ask for a belt extender to help make an easier fit. :o)
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The Nania Airway has several issues. One of the biggest being that the crotch strap is very long (and according to Nania/Safety Baby/what ever current name they are using, it has to be this way because it failed crash tests with it shorter) it puts the buckles right into the child's abdomen. There i…
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my guess is you recently started running your air conditioner after a period of not using it. There is a little rubber tube that carries away the a.c. runoff ,it goes through the floor the runoff then drips to the ground.Check to see if this tube is clear of debris and has not been dislodged. most l…
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Hey Brandon==The seat track has to be specially made to do this. GoodluckJoe
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Un bolt it from the floor and get a new seat track from your local salvage yard. Lucky for you its stuck forward so the bolts will be a lot easier to get out.
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not to hard should be 4 bolts 2 under passinger and 2 on driver go to a junkyard and just get a seat from there to replase othrerwise it will cost a lot of $$$ to buy a new one from deler
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It might be possible if you have full coverage insurance but this happened to my husband and it tore his transmission out and he had PLPD and they wouldn't do anything to help we ended up selling the car for $300.00
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As far as marriage is concerned: You have to be at least 18 to marry without parental consent. With parental consent, parties can marry at age sixteen and parties under the age of sixteen can receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. As far as the 22-yr-old boyfriend is conc…
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If parental consent is involved, it is a-okay!   as long as the mother gives permission, then they can get married in court. a judge can give you the right to get married with a parental concent. you must sign saying that you give concent, and then start planning the wedding.
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The BEST way to ensure the water in your pool stays healthy and algae-free while you are away for extended periods, is to install a Saline System. That will keep your pool water chlorinated and crystal clear the whole time, automatically, regardless of how long you are away. An alternative is to get…
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Get out the relationship fast! if you are experiencing the aggressive side to someone and it makes you uncomfortable, leave him/her. You do not deserve it, do not put it off otherwise it will only become worse.stand strong. say im gone call the police and if they say why you got to call the police …
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                               Signs of AbuseThis is one of those very difficult things to find out from your children. I would have a heart-to-heart talk with him. Start out by asking if everything is goi…
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Yes, you can trust after being abused. Just not the abuser. Forgiving them sets you free, but never forget. You have to set boundaries for yourself, perhaps relearning ones that are reasonable. Among other things, people you can trust will reciprocate in kind behavior, will not take advantage of you…
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Children are fickle and unreliable witnesses. It is very easy to induce them to form and relate false memories or to confabulate. Additionally, the courts are biased in favor of the abuser. As a parent, you must speak on your child's behalf if you know your child is being abused. Whatever it ta…
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Who is abusing who!? I think pressuring a man in his 50's to become a new father is abusive. And the child would be a bit confused when his father was older than most of his friends' grandparents.  No, it's not abuse. He was being honest with you all along. It's a tough situation, but I do not…
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First off we have to consider what emotional abuse is. A marriage that lasts many years will most certainly have had arguements or misunderstandings with their mates. The trick is how to handle these situations.Unforuntately, most of us were never warned that both men/women go through menopause (men…
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Childhood sexual abuse may result in mental health problems of various kinds but is not always the case. I was molested several times as a small child. I am not a narcissistic but maybe it contributed to me staying with my narcissistilc husband for 25 years before I got out. Mickert   I…
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Waivers for Children Using Your Pool It can't hurt, but whether it will stand up in court or not is anybody's guess. It depends on the law in your state. In many jurisdictions, an unfenced pool is known as an "attractive nuisance" and if the neighbors have unrestricted access to it, you may …
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I am Canadian and it's 12 years old here. That depends though on how responsible your child is. If you are in the States it's best to check with Child Welfare in your particular State because it can vary. If you don't check this out and a neighbor or police ever catch wind of you leaving an under-ag…
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Only the person appointed by the court can handle a will, trust or inheiritance. If the appointee wishes to give up executor position then the court will assign someone else. In most states the executor does not have to be a resident.
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Helping a Runaway Teen It could be, unless the parents are notified and permission is given for the minor to reside at the person's home. If there is a problem with abuse or neglect the police should be notified. The police will inform the involved parties of the proper procedures for handling th…
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Block the car tires. and jack up the front crawl under and look for rust spots or holes. hope i can help Either a leak somewhere or your heater core is leaking. NO GOOD.  I've found that I'm getting water under the seats / in the footwells up front because the squeegee rubber trim on the outs…
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Answer: A little Tidbit.... Listen and read all these answers...they are all right. And most of all don't be ashamed of what happened to you. I know what you are going through. There are girls all over the world in your situation. People will not criticize you about your pregnancy as you do. They wi…
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If you both like each other, you can date them out of school, and be very subtle during school. Don't date at all, or you can both know you like each other and hope it stays that way until highschool or college. If your parents don't want you to date and you really like this person, just don't say a…
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It depends what type of knobs you have in your bath tub. Go to a hardware store and they can give you some solutions to the problem. It's best to have a lock on your bathroom door (keep a spare key outside of the bathroom in case of accidents) as small children should never be around bathrooms in th…
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Ive been in the same situation myself . My ex moved into a girlfriends house 2 months after we split and married her a year later. I know what you are going through and I hope my opinions can help you. I suppose it would depend on how long your ex has been dating this new girlfriend. For instance if…
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yes u can some states do allow for kids under legal age to file for hardship which is a typeof "divorce " from their parents but plz talk to someone you trust to help u   Parents do not have the option of "kicking" their minor child out of the family home unless they provide financial support…
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Answer Most cities now require at least a six foot fence with a lockable gate. Even more and more rural counties are now requiring this also. It is also a good idea to have a fence and gate to keep from having a liable suite from being filed against you incase of one of the local kids drown in it…
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This is the role of a parent:To make a commitment for the rest of your life to your child(ren). To protect them for as long as they need it. Be there for them through good and bad. Love them, but don't spoil them. They have to be responsible for their actions. Teach them wisely about being polite, r…
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The legal age of majority in MO. is 18, not 17. The confusion is created because of the added clause pertaining to a 17 years old being emancipated if they are married and/or serving in the military. The reality is that very little can be done to prevent a 17 years old from leaving the family reside…
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As a wife or live in partner you should have some input over the things that happen in your home. You and your spouse need to have a serious talk about decisions that are made in the home. You should express your feeling to them about what the step-kids are doing and what you want done. I would not …
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Hi I'm a mother of 4, ages 11,9,2 and 1/2 , and a 12 month old. I have always waited until they were 2 or 3 months, but we live in Florida where the weather is hot and the water is warm. Just make sure the water isn't too cold infants usually do not like and don't submerge the baby or let the baby g…
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In my opinion a 10 yr. old shouldn't be left at home alone in Georgia, or any other state. That is just too young. I think that they are not old enough to handle an emergency should it come along. I would not be comfortable with it. The Georgia.gov link below gives guidelines for when children can…
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When their life and/or the lives of others in the home are put in danger due to the child's use of force or threat of it.
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Being verbally and physically abused is nothing new to me. It's been going on since I was 7, and I'm 14 now and it's still going on. I think they only abuse one of their children (usually the oldest) to have a sense of control over their life, when in reality they have none. They chose to dictate sm…
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23 is just another age, and if an individual is ready to have a child at 23 then that is as it should be. However, having a baby is a difficult process only followed by more responsibility and selfless investment of time, money, and energy. To have a child one must consider what they are willing to …
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well there is no exact age. A child can be left home alone once they are responsible enough to be safe. SO BASICALLY IF YOU LEAVE YOUR YOUNG CHILD HOME ALONE AND THEY GET HURT YOU ARE IN THE WRONG.BUT ON THE OTHER HAND IF YOU LEAVE YOUR YOUNG CHILD HOME ALONE AND THEY BEHAVE PERFECTLY YOU ARE IN TH…
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Usually a month is good. Still, it's best to get a babysitter (trade off with a girlfriend so no money is exchanged or grandparents) because babies do cry and they can interfere with the concert. If you have no choice but to take the baby and he/she is fussy, then leave the concert and go out into t…
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Answer 25 Answer Whoever said 25 is not out of their mind. That's their opinion. There is no definite answer to this question. The answer is when the person is mature enough to be a parent and when they are emotionally and financially ready. That might be at 18, 25, 35, or 40. Not everyon…
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Nothing should be embarrassing about parents driving their adult children. If the family was going to dinner, it would make more sense to have them pile into one vehicle instead of two or more just for the sake of potential embarrassment. Not all families can afford multiple vehicles just for ego's …
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Answer I think the legal age would be at 13 when they are considered teenagers.
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Legal AgeThe age at which a child can be left at home alone is only legislated in two states and New York is not one of them. The legal check is whether or not the child is safe and has the ability to take care of themselves. Most authorities agree that leaving a 12 year old alone at home for an hou…
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Legal Age There are very few states in the U.S. with legal minimum ages for children home alone, but many state agencies have published guidelines. Georgia, Illiniois, Maryland and Oregon are a few of the states with specific ages specified in their laws. 12 years of age appears to be the most c…
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Yes, I believe that it is okay; grandson sleeping with their grandparents will provide mutual benefit for the seniors and the youngsters. Doing so, will allow your son to develop righteousness and respect while grandparents will enjoy their company and help them cope with stress, boredom and self-wo…
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Yes, of course parents should set very clear rules for any young person who is staying home alone. Such as what to do in an emergency situation, the name of a neighbor who can be relied on to assist if necessary, if they can have friends over, and so forth. The majority of teens are quite capable, l…
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You can only do it if one of the computers has IM logging turned on. It is turned off by default. Go to the Preferences and look under Logs.
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Answer Only two states have legislated a specific age to leave a child home alone, Illinois and Maryland. Generally speaking, the child must be safe, must feel safe, and know how to take care of themselves in an emergency. Most places believe that 12 or 13 is okay to leave home alone for a coupl…
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Answer Legal Age The age at which a child can be left at home alone is only legislated in two states and Tennessee is not one of them. The legal check is whether or not the child is safe and has the ability to take care of themselves. Most authorities agree that leaving a 12 year old alone at …
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There is no legal age in Oklahoma, there are guide lines they like to follow, but no legal age!For instance is there available adults near by? a way to call someone in emergency cases. Are they watching younger sibling? They typically don't mind children staying home for short whiles but shouldn't w…
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Answer She got the message loud and clear and she's doing the healthy thing by moving on with her life. Sometimes moving to another State or town is the best thing for that individual. Whatever the reason, she is doing all the right things for her. I am curious as to why you care. Answer Soun…
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I'm sorry your parents don't understand you need and desire, I believe that you should speak to them in earnest about your desire. I have had a desire to wear a diaper since I was 5 years old, I would take my little brothers. It has taken almost 35 years for me to finally come out of my shell and sh…
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Answer Georgia's Guidelines for leaving a child without adult supervision: Children under 8 years old should never be left alone, even for short periods of time. Children between the ages of 9 and 12, based on level of maturity, can be left home alone for brief periods of time. Children 13 and…
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How Do You Report Physical/Mental Abuse? Physical abuse is easier to prove to authorities than mental abuse, but the scars are just as real in mental abuse. If this person is physically abusing you and you have the bruises, broken bones or scars to prove it, call in the police. The police wil…
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Answer Kentucky, like the vast majority of states, has not legislated this topic. There is no legal age prescribed for allowing a child to be home alone. There are very few states in the U.S. with legal minimum ages, but many state agencies have published guidelines (Georgia, Illiniois, Maryland…
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 Suicidal Thoughts in a School Child Please seek help immediately. If you do not feel comfortable talking to your parents or a family member, talk to another adult, or a counselor. There are many people who would like to help you. Here is an organization designed to help: http://www.yellowri…
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Answer There are two states that have set a minimum age of 13 (Maryland and Illinois). No other states have a law about what age someone has to be to be left alone. They are more concerned with the child's ability to take care of themself and has the means to do so. Legal Age There are very f…
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Legal Age There are very few states in the U.S. with legal minimum ages, but many state agencies have published guidelines. Georgia, Illiniois, Maryland and Oregon are a few of the states with very specific ages. Typically 8 year olds and over can be left at home for up to several hours (usua…
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Legal Age There are very few states in the U.S. with legal minimum ages, but many state agencies have published guidelines (Georgia, Illinois, Maryland and Oregon are a few of the states with very specific ages). Typically 8 year olds and over can be left at home for up to several hours (usua…
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There appears to be no legislation in Georgia for this, I would say from other laws, that it is about 12-14 years old. But if in doubt ask your local police station or a teacher at a school!It is presumed that the parents will use good judgment in deciding if their child or children are mature enoug…
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Rottweilers are unlike Dobermans and German Shepherds as well as Pitt Bulls and Dobermans were trained in many cases to be aggressive (started during the war years.) Rottweilers were actually a herding dog and the rancher would put a leather purse around the dogs neck and send the dog, alone to …
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Yes the police can get involved and bring you back home unless you have been emancipated since you are not legally an adult until the age of 18 so I suggest that you go back home until your 18 or get your parents consent to move out of their house to avoid all legal action hope this helps...Good Lu…
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