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What age is too young to leave home?

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Last Updated: 12/08/2021 at 7:36am
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August 18th, 2016 2:27pm
Age isn't an issue, but rather a person's ability to be able to sustain themselves emotionally, financially, and physically.
July 13th, 2016 7:37am
I'd say 10-17 years olds are too young to leave home. That's the puberty period,a child grows up to be a teen, a teen grows up to be a young adult. It's an important bend in the road that we call life. A child's mind comes to form into a shape within this timespan. So many things occur at once, physical changes, psychological maturity... A good family can walk a kid thru this time, patiently. If that doesn't happen properly, if the kid doesn't have proper guidance and care, he/she is destined to divert from the path of destiny. It's tremendously important. One single mistake- and your child is scarred for life. And sometimes those scarred for life kids just can't take it anymore. The family stress, the drama... it all feels like a heavy burden on their shoulders. And as they are kids, not mature enough and no mature one to teach him enough- he thinks running away is the best answer. Running away from home, which is the root of it all. Escaping the situation because they are too young and naive and impatient to deal with it all.
June 22nd, 2016 2:01pm
It is illegal to leave home without parental consent until you are eighteen years old, so I'm assuming you're too young to leave home until then.
June 25th, 2016 8:20pm
If a person hasen't completed high school, or is under the age of 18, then I would consider that to be too young to leave home.
July 8th, 2016 9:13am
Age is no bar. Age is nothing other than a number. Leaving home is just an example. Anything can be done without thinking of the age. Our world is full of people who did not respect their ages and went on to do great things. The best example can be non other than the world's second richest man in the world, Mr. Warren Buffett. This man started investing at the age of 11. May be the youngest investor of the world. The field of computer science is the best example of age no bar, we can find many people doing stuff more than their age. For example, I just saw this website which say the boy learned codes at the age of 11 and has made websites and helping the world to make their own. So these examples say that, if kids are capable of changing our world then changing or leaving home is not a big deal for them. But to be more specific they should leave home only after they are capable to take a stand for themselves. May the joy be with you :-) !!!
May 7th, 2018 8:14pm
I don’t know how it is in your state, but usually you can’t leave home until you are eighteen. However, in some states (in mine at least), if you run away when you are seventeen and there is no evidence of foul play the police will not go looking for you.
June 29th, 2016 6:58pm
Everyone is different. Depending on where you live in the world, there may be different rules around this topic. If you have a minimum legal age to live on your own, take this as a guideline as there has been careful consideration put in to this age and there will be reasons why it is that way. Before leaving home, I would suggest a person is logical about whether it will work finance wise, whether they will have an income, whether they will still be able to enjoy their hobbies etc.
March 10th, 2018 2:51am
I think that is subjective, and it all depends on the person and the situation. Everyone can be ready for things at different ages, so what could be too young for one person would be the right age for another. There could also be a situation that would force someone to leave their home sooner than they might have hoped for.
July 7th, 2016 2:19pm
I'm not sure of an age limit. I would recommend being over 18. But it is more than age, you have to analyse if you will be able to properly take care of yourself financially and emotionally. Before leaving home put the proper plans in place to be able to sustain yourself.
July 10th, 2016 5:10am
When you can't physically and financially support yourself on your own and when you can't kill a spider.
October 22nd, 2016 6:54am
What is the circumstance around the youth leaving home? Does the youth want to leave home, and if so, why? If the youth feels they are not in a healthy environment, they can have a safe conversation with a school counsellor, doctor, or local police officer if the situation is at all physical. In specific circumstances, youths can legally leave their parents custody but circumstances and age remain independent varies from location to location. Research your local laws on youth emancipation.
May 2nd, 2018 11:49pm
I think if you can support yourself on your own and have a stable place to go and a stable way to live, it is your right to leave when you want to.
March 17th, 2019 1:58pm
In most countries, the legal age to leave home is 16 years old. At 16, at least in my country, you can leave home without the permission of your parents or caregivers. The only time you would be made to come home is when your life is in danger. As I previously said, 16 is basically when you can leave without a parents concent. Therefore, Anyone below the age of 16 would be too young and would require their parents or caregivers permission.
November 15th, 2020 9:39pm
Depends a lot on the home, I'd say. And of course on the legal system of your country. Leaving home to live by yourself is probably only a good idea if you're able to support yourself, i.e. earn money and keep your place clean and running besides your education (or whatever it is you're normally doing). And even then it is a question of whether the troubles of doing that are proportionate to the benefits of not being in your previous home anymore, whatever those might be. If you're thinking about moving out, I recommend you make a few inquiries and calculations in that direction first. If you are too young to legally live on your own, there's a whole other dimension there of things you need to consider. You can probably find a few resources online detailing the laws for that (which would give you the technical answer to your question) and hopefully also some helplines or similar that you can call or text about your concrete situation. Those helplines would probably still help you even when you're older. From personal experience, I'll say this; tenacity helps a lot. I've had a lot of rough times at home over the last eight years and I've contemplated leaving more than once, but I'm still here. Things have gotten calmer and catastrophies fewer as both me and my parents have gotten older, and now that I've got a degree and a job, I'm - some would say ironically - feeling much less eager to leave. Knowing now that I can leave at any time, I'll do it in my own time. Still, it's been tough - but I like to think that a lot of things would have been a lot tougher otherwise. Again, it's up to you to judge the severity your issues at home compared to the challenges and demands of a self-supporting life, or, if you're too young to make that work legally, life with another family or in an institution.
June 23rd, 2016 3:53am
I would go with if you are 18 and above then you are an adult and should be capable to live by urself.
June 30th, 2016 3:36am
There really isn't a set age for that but usually by society standards you should be at least 16 to leave home and preferably 18 years old. But everyone has different circumstances and it all depends on those circumstances.
July 3rd, 2016 11:52pm
If you are not able to lay out your plans -Exactly-, its a bad idea to move out. But if there are people ready to catch you, there is no limit, sometimes, home is the worst place to be.
July 4th, 2016 2:31pm
I would say under 18 is too young. It's best to do so when you're legally an adult, then you can do what you want i.e. get a loan, mortgage, house etc.
July 6th, 2016 8:25am
An age that is too immature to take care of oneself. If someone is incapable of fending for themselves, they shouldn't leave home to live on their own.
July 9th, 2016 5:51am
It depends on the family life. If you have a hard life at home and can live somewhere else and escape that place no age is too young in my opinion.
July 9th, 2016 6:21pm
I would say 16 is to young i would wait till you can drive and have a job that can support you when your alone remember you have to pay bills pay for food gas and cloths its not so easy
July 10th, 2016 7:33am
At any age you feel and know you can't be independent nor well be capable of getting through life and build yourself a good life without your parents' support
July 10th, 2016 9:36pm
That depends on where you live. You should look up laws regarding that. Also, consider your situation. Can you afford to leave home and live comfortably on your own?
July 13th, 2016 6:00am
12 or but any age if you are not finacially stable because how are they supposed to support themselves
July 16th, 2016 10:45pm
Generally speaking you want to be legally an adult in your country of origin before you leave home. At least withing the United States, your parents are required to care for you until the age of 18 although you can be legally emancipated at earlier ages.
July 21st, 2016 11:46pm
First of all it depends on what kind of situation it is. If a child is going on a playdate/sleepover I would say around 6 or 7. But leaving the house with friends without a parent or guardian around i would say 13 or 14. at the least.
August 27th, 2016 5:07pm
I would honestly say that unless you are 18 or older, you shouldn't try to leave home. If you are going through a situation where you are getting abused, then you should get help, and in that case, you will be taken to a better place
April 5th, 2017 5:06am
The age that is too young to leave home would be around 14-16. Mainly because young teenagers are not ready for what the world has to offer.
September 1st, 2017 8:40pm
Age isn't the criteria; its physical and emotional maturity. Of course spiritual and mental maturity are also important but you need the physical and emotional foundation for being responsible for yourself.
November 11th, 2017 9:59pm
Try to think about why you want to leave home. Think about the benefits and the problems with leaving home. In the UK law, if you have a reason or can show you can support yourself, 16 is the age you can legally leave home.