We let difficult child stay home alone when we have to . Have not had signifigant problems with it. Someone asked me why i don't send him to the pool for the afternoon to break up his day when he's home alone. ANSWER- i don't trust him to go alone. He doesn't listen to the lifeguard when i am there, how do i trust him to listen to her when i 'm not. It's just a feeling of why should i force others to deal with his behavior when i'm not there to step in if necessary? Am i alone in this feeling? How do you handle it?