I am wondering at what age do you let your child take a key to school and use it get in by themselves? Corollary question: Are you better installing a garage key code or trusting them to carry your house key?
Walsh has a weekly meeting where I need to leave 10 minutes before Rose gets off the bus. So the question is do I let my 11-year-old take a key to school and let herself in? Or use a garage key code to let herself in?
I will be gone about an hour, and she can work on homework.
I had an older brother so he used to let us in even when I was pretty darn young – maybe even elementary school. He wore the key around his neck on a long chain. My mom was usually home within the hour but she couldn’t’ leave work quite early enough to beat us home.
My girlfriend used to let herself in with the garage key code in high school, which I thought was so neat. I know a lot of other parents do it that way too. I actually bought one but I am having trouble making it work with my side of the garage. Michael has a separate opener that I am going to try next. (Does the code box increase your chances of break-ins? Is there anything unsafe about it?)
Arizona law doesn’t define an appropriate age to leave your child home. They leave it to the judgment of the parents. I definitely would NOT leave the 11-year-old in charge of any other kids. But I think she could be home alone for a short time.
She was quite proud and excited by the idea.
What age is OK for kids to let themselves into the house? Do you prefer the key or the garage code method for entry? Which are they more likely to screw up: losing the key or forgetting the code?