Deciding when it’s okay to leave your child home alone for the first time is not about their age; it’s about their maturity. Things to consider include their ability to care for themselves, their decision making skills, how they respond to stressful situations, and how they feel about being home alone. They should understand your rules and expectations while you’re gone too (like not answering the door). Keep outings short the first few times. And, make sure they can contact you if needed. Or dial 911 if they have to.