Home Alone

I had a dilemma. At what ‘stage’ can I leave my children home alone for a night by themselves? I use the word ‘stage’ deliberately as I know the legal ‘age’, in New Zealand it’s 15. But when can I feel comfortable that, if I’m not there, they’ll be alright. The answer of never doesn’t help!


I wrote in my upcoming book that you need to choose holiday destinations with your children firmly in mind. You have to balance the perception of an idyllic family holiday with reality and this, I’ve discovered, gets harder as they grow into adults.