The laws in our state say that a child can legally be left home alone at the age of twelve. difficult child 1 is 14. A couple of years ago I didn't feel comfortable with it. Now that she's at the age that she is, I feel much better about it. I have left her alone before but only for an hour or two. Today is the first day I let her spend the whole day by herself. I feel like she is perfectly competent to do so, but my mom is putting ideas in my head like the school may make it an issue. Since she is bipolar and lacks social skills she is afraid someone might call social services on me if they found out. difficult child knows all about safety. She knows to call 911 in case there's an emergency, she knows to keep the door locked and not to answer it, and she knows how to make her own lunch. Her social skills are fine with other kids, especially since she is a teenager and the hormones have kicked in. She is much more mature than she was a couple of years ago. Unfortunately her social skills are not that great with other adults. I personally don't see it as an issue with her staying home by herself, but my mom is putting ideas in my head. I am absolutely paranoid when it comes to CPS, especially since I have had to deal with them in the past. Do you think my mom is making a bigger deal out of it than it really is and I'm just being paranoid, or should I genuinely be concerned? I don't feel like it's an issue but maybe I'm wrong.