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What age is too young to leave home?

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Last Updated: 12/30/2020 at 4:34pm
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February 7th, 2018 1:44am
Any age is too young if the person isn't ready both mentally and financially. I was asked to leave at 18 and I was no where near ready. My parents believed once you turn 18 you should leave. They were VERY wrong!
February 9th, 2018 2:16am
it really depends on the person and the reason for leaving. for example, if someone is leaving because they are a good athlete and cant pursue their goals in the area they are in so leaving home to live with relatives or board with a family instead then id say they could be much younger than the age for someone who is going out to live on their own. teenagers may have to leave to pursue hockey goals, for example. but, if someone is just leaving home and moving on their own in their own place to work and pay their own way then i would say it would depend on the job. they should try to stay home until they are able to support themselves with their own income
February 9th, 2018 3:42am
Newborn-17. Once your 18 you can pack your bags and head wherever you want to go. Unless you don't have money or a plan that is.
February 14th, 2018 2:46am
I wouldnt give an age, I would say you should leave home when you feel you are able to mentally and emotionally deal with living alone, when you can financially support yourself is a big part as well.
February 15th, 2018 8:50pm
16 is the youngest age in which a person can leave home (at least it is in the UK) without parents' consent. You will be brought back if you are in danger of any kind. 18 is when a person can leave home legally and independantly
February 16th, 2018 2:05am
It depends on the person and the situation. As someone who left home two weeks after their 16th birthday, living alone when under 18 is difficult, and in most places you can't do anything without parental consent as a minor because you can't sign documents. This means that even if you are able to get a job, you can't get a place to live with the money you make. If you want to live on your own, be really sure. Be prepared for things to be difficult. But also, if you need to leave in order to keep yourself safe or healthy, by all means do what it takes
February 16th, 2018 6:50am
You must be 18 or more than 18 years to leave home because that's the time when you can work for your own and pay your own bills! And if you're like 15 or under and thinking about leaving your home.. I must say that its a bad idea because you wont be able to enjoy your life LOL!
February 21st, 2018 7:32pm
Below 18 years old is definitely too young to leave home. Personally I believe that the only responsible way of leaving home is when you are 100% positive that you will manage everything that is required when it comes to moving out, as cool as it might sound to have a freedom is not pretty as it seems. Keeping up to date with all the bills, making sure there is food, cleaning, rent. Think about it when you come back from difficult shift at work all you really would wish to do is eat some food thats ready and relax. You gonna have to cook it yourself, so its practically after leaving work you are doing different kind of work at home for yourself.
February 23rd, 2018 7:52am
I guess before 18.That’s when you’re legally an adult and can be trusted to take care of yourself.Leaving home is always the last solution.If there are problems,always try to resolve them rather than opting for extreme options.
February 28th, 2018 5:10pm
Well, I don't think there is a certain age here, I would say it depends on the maturity level of that individual.
March 1st, 2018 2:06am
I think sixteen years of age, is to young to leave home. At that age, you don't much about the adult world and the responsibilities.
March 30th, 2018 5:09pm
After 18, it depends on maturity and need for leaving home. It is all about need and want to meet for leaving the home
March 31st, 2018 6:37am
Personally, any age under 18 without the proper tools on how to survive financially and mentally on your own.
April 4th, 2018 8:48pm
1-15 you should not leave between those number when you 16 then you can if you ask your parents, you can even wait till your 18, if you want to stay longer
April 6th, 2018 11:27am
First and foremost, you must be a legal adult as far as the law where you live. Emotionally, it depends on each person. Some take a while longer to develop skills to survive in the world, but others are ready to leave the nest early. I think in order to leave home, you should be self sufficient, able to pay for yourself and have a plan. If you need to depend on others, you may not be ready.
April 7th, 2018 1:48am
I think this depends on the person and their health. I know 14 year olds who have their own house and they seem to cope very well.
April 12th, 2018 3:17pm
If you're being abused it doesn't mater, go love with someone else. Otherwise 16 is a good age. You can drive. You can work.
April 14th, 2018 6:26pm
In my opinion, I believe anyone under the age of 17 would be too young to leave home, however, if the current home environment is physically, emotionally, and mentally harmful, I would urge the individual, at any age, to contact authorities to remove themselves from that toxic environment.
April 15th, 2018 9:48am
Probably the legal age in your country/state as you will have limited liberties or may not even be legally allowed to move out on your own. Otherwise it is more of a resources problem that is unrelated to age.
April 18th, 2018 1:50pm
Any age where you are not emotionally and financially stable enough to. Also, do not depend on any external person to ensure that you are ready to leave home. Independence is key
April 20th, 2018 10:52pm
It is not about age it is about responsability and taking care of our selvies. I think that better matter
April 21st, 2018 4:02pm
Any age is okay to leave home. Depending on the circumstances. If you are older and are able to leave home and be on your own, then it should be okay
April 25th, 2018 3:31am
My personal opinion would be when you have no money or job or any transportation. You need to be emotionally - and financially ready. And of course, the right age! Most would say when you are over 18+. If you are going to college someday, then you obviously have the option to get a dorm or a house/apartment. Cheers! :)
April 25th, 2018 3:13pm
If you leave home before you are legally an adult, then you are too young. Once you are an adult, you can do what you want.
May 2nd, 2018 7:16pm
This is all personal preference and it depends on the individuals upbringing. This is all dependant on personal experiences and how they handle situations. The individual needs the required income, support system and life skills to be able to functionally live alone. The minimum age is usually 16 years old however most who do this are under experienced and end up requiring additional support. If someone has additional needs then they may need to leave home later such as 25, or 30 years old. Unfortunately it all depends on money, and life experiences - with living prices increasing it's not easy to move out.
May 6th, 2018 4:27pm
Because of the laws, you should not leave home before your majority. Some people, tho, leave around 17 to live with their beloved one. I don't recommand leaving home until you are fully independent or major, exception made that your parents or the people you are living with aren't treating you well. In these cases, you should seek help before doing the move :)
May 23rd, 2018 12:48am
I’d say it depends on the circumstances at home. Some peopple benefit leaving home an early age because they learn to be more independent. However I think some benefit more staying at home
May 30th, 2018 6:24pm
For me personally, I'd say 20 years old but every person is different, every situation is different depends on you
June 2nd, 2018 1:32am
Being unable to provide for one's basic needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing without any for of dependence is too young to leave home. Being under the age of guardianship in your country is also too young to leave home
June 22nd, 2018 6:19pm
If you don't know how to or unable to take care of yourself, then you are too young to leave home. I don't think there is any age too young as long as you are able to take care of yourself and be safe.