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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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June 23rd, 2018 8:42pm
I believe someone is "too young" to leave home if they are unable to provide their own needs. If you cannot cook or clean and you are not employed and receiving a wage or salary then how are you going to take care of yourself? I would not put a definite age to when someone should leave home but in my opinion, if you are not independent at least and cannot live and manage on your own, you are "too young to leave home".
June 28th, 2018 12:37am
I would say that by the age of 18 you could leave home and try live on your own feet. However, I do not necessarily recommend it, as you should only leave home when you feel ready and capable.
June 29th, 2018 4:45am
I would use maturity and responsibility as a metric to determine whether you should leave your child at home. If you personally feel they will be safe, calm, and comfortable for the period you leave them at home, then it should be okay to do so. If you are still worried, you can call sporadically and make preparations beforehand like setting aside food and emotionally preparing your child/ren.
July 4th, 2018 1:45am
I think that if you’re not feeling comfortable where you live can put you through bad times, but if leaving home might affect your study or health then you should wait until you’re 18. After you’re 18 you can start working and be able to have your own place, as well as study and have a nice future.
July 6th, 2018 10:00am
As someone who left home at the age of 15, I'd say it completely depends on you. Living on your own is a big change. You have to depend on yourself. If you feel like you can have regular meals without your mom having to remind you or, if you get lost, find your way back on your own without calling your dad, then you might survive out alone. Try doing your laundry on your own for a week before you leave home. Living on your own is tiring and lonely. No one else can provide you the comfort of a family. So, if you feel like you emotionally depend on your family a lot, don't do it. You'll know when you're ready.
July 7th, 2018 8:36am
I feel like Any age under 20 is wayyy too young to leave home just because you need to be financially stable before stepping out that door into the real world . No worries should cross your mind
July 8th, 2018 6:16pm
Emotionally: If you realy (and not just in a short moment of crisis) want to leave home then you are old enough. Practically: Not earning enough money to make a living is to young to leave home.
July 11th, 2018 8:51am
In my personal opinion I believe the youngest age to leave home would be 17. 17 is the age before you step into young adulthood and you really need your home/family.
July 14th, 2018 12:09am
That depends solely on what lies outside of your home. If you are a younger individual who isn’t at least 18, you may be able to move in with a family member elsewhere. You shouldn’t be subjected to a toxic environment at any age, and should be able to go at any point so long as there is a safe place for you.
July 26th, 2018 5:09am
This age is relevant to each persona and situation, but they need to have the maturity and support..
July 26th, 2018 5:22pm
Any age below 16, you may still depend on carers for financial support or physical support such as medicinal issues
July 26th, 2018 11:47pm
As long as it's legal and you're able to take care of yourself, however old you like, whenever you're ready. If leaving home and you're not completely sure you're able to look after yourself, I would recommend living with someone else so you can figure things out together.
July 28th, 2018 8:12am
that's a great question. The legal age to find independent employment is about 18 years of age. Before the age of 18 years of age, there are laws to protect minors and this allows parents to make decisions. It is wise to wait until the legal age to leave home that you will be able to make legal decisions without adult help. However, if there is something that is happening at home and you need help then ask a guidance counselor at school.
August 8th, 2018 3:44am
To young would be under 18 maybe different depending on country legal age limit unless the situation your in requires it to be sooner especially situation such as abuse
August 8th, 2018 2:48pm
I left home when I was 18. In my own point of view it’s always too young if your still not ready...
August 11th, 2018 6:35am
If you're immature then you should never leave home even if you're 60. When maturity hits you and you are ready to be on your own and build on your own that is the time to be independent and it doesn't necessarily mean leaving home.
August 24th, 2018 4:20pm
Every young person is different and it is dependant upon a variation of factors. For instance maturity plays a big factor as oppose to age. We as individuals mature at different rates depending on our upbringing and gender. Just because someone turns 18 doesnt mean they are mature enough to live by themselves whilst another 16 year old may be very mature and able to live by themselves. Another factor is whether this person is able to provide for themselves? I feel there is no age limitation you can place on this question and it is rather a case by case decision.
September 9th, 2018 9:28pm
In my experience, any age below 18 is too young to leave home. If you leave home at too early of an age, you risk not receiving the kind of guidance you may have had if you stayed home. I left home too early and was not prepared financially; nor did I have enough experience. There are many lessons you learn from living with parents or your caretaker that you may not realize you are learning. You always risk not having the security of being at home to fall back on. If you leave too young and are not financially secure, you risk being homeless. Or worse ending up in a bad situation.
September 13th, 2018 12:44am
13 and younger. If you are going to leave children 13 and younger at the house alone then you as a parent should go over do's and don'ts just so the child is aware what to do if something was to happen. Make sure that they have an emergency kit, and a list of telephone numbers to call. Get introduced to your neighbors just in case you may have to go to their house. Show them how to fix temporary meals, make sure the doors and windows are locked at all times and their phones are charged completely.
November 2nd, 2018 7:48am
I think my opinion on this is different from most peoples. I left home when I was 16 because I was forced to due to being gay. And even though it was hard I ended up with 2 degrees and speak 3 languages. I don't recommend this to anyone but, if you are having problems at home reach out to someone. There are so many resources now that can help you overcome these obstacles. It can be so scary and so tough at times, but it is possible to become your best self. Always live authentically and it will all work out.
November 24th, 2018 4:18am
Well, that depends on your location. Usually, if you are in the united states you legally need a guardian if you are under the age of 18. When you turn 16 though and some places if someone has agreed to take you in like a family member or something you can choose where to go. I am not sure if that's the case today, but some years ago yes. I do not and I repeat I do not recommend or suggest that you leave home if you are not of a legal adult age. That's Super Dangerous! Not smart!
December 5th, 2018 1:56am
I see that it is never too young to leave home for your home is where you hang your hat. And I would never ask my family to leave it when the memories of the house have been yours for over 20 years or more. I would never want to kick my children out of the house when they been so good to me. I do not see this happening in my case here. But the question is not a good question because people do different things at different time of there lives here. And to me that is a hard question to answer.
December 8th, 2018 2:34am
What age is too young to leave home? I think it depends on your circumstances. Do you want to leave cause you don’t want to follow rules and have the means to support yourself? Or do you need to leave home because you’re in a toxic household? People leave for various reasons so I think the question can be a bit tricky. I know people who left home as early as 15, cause they came from an abusive household and others cause they felt the need to be self sufficient at 19. I say if you’re in a happy home, don’t rush to grow up, bills can be overbearing.
December 28th, 2018 8:46am
Age has nothing to do with when you should leave home. When you leave home you should be prepared to find a place to live and find a job so you can support yourself. maturity and age are two separate things and maturity should be the deciding factor in when you leave home because when you leave home you will be on your own. Leaving home can be rough and draining, you need to be ready for being on your own. you will know when you're ready to be on your own when you can fully rely on yourself and you don't need anyone else.
January 12th, 2019 1:24am
I believe that maturity is a very wide spectrum.. I know 18 year olds who are more mature than some 30 year olds. This being said, I believe that as long as a person has a job, knows how to manage finances in order to be able to provide for themselves, and is ready to make the commitment to sign a lease, that’s what matters. I think anyone under the age of 16 definitely should still be at home. In most states, you’re not even old enough to work unless you are 16. Being 16 years of age also means that you are of age to carry a drivers license. If you are of age to work, and of age to drive, and you know how to manage money well enough to take care of yourself, you could very well be just fine if there was a reason for you to leave home. However, I personally think that it’s a good thing to take advantage of staying at home and not having to pay rent as long as possible. The real world is a tough place!
February 14th, 2019 11:59pm
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 :-) !!!
February 22nd, 2019 8:52pm
The legal age to leave home is 16. However, some people at 16 will not feel mentally mature enough and that is okay. Not many people leave home at 16 because they are in education and need the support from their families. But those that do are able to support themselves. People come from all different backgrounds and move through life at different speeds. If you feel as though you are ready to leave home at 16 and your parents allow you then you should be able to leave but, if you are not ready that is also accepted. Some people never leave home and always lean on their parents for support. It just depends on whether you believe you are ready.
March 27th, 2019 5:50pm
I'm not sure what you mean by "too young". So I will answer this as if you are asking "How old do you have to be before you can move out of your parents' home"? I think it all depends on what the legal age limit is in your country. Here in the U. S., the legal age is 18 in most states. So, I would stick with the legal age for your country. Another factor would be is if you were kicked out of the house, then I would say there would be no legal age there, but it would have to be really bad for parents to kick their minor child out of their home.
May 1st, 2019 3:40pm
What would a person need to live alone? I know of people leaving young and people that were alone because their parents died young. I have seen people manage from 12-14 all alone but a lot If times with someone from 16 and up. Children on the street in India can be 2 years old and alone and working. So what does a person need to manage all the the things to survive by them selves? I have also seen old people still needing money from their very old parents. Not able to live alone. And people that now and then go back to their parents because some things are easy all allone when nothing happends and some times can change, life gets to hard and then some people need their parents again.
May 30th, 2019 6:19pm
In my opinion, any age under eighteen is too young. You’re still a kid and you still rely on your parents for the basic necessities of living, such as food, education, money, etc. Honestly, until you’re able to provide for yourself, I wouldn’t recommend leaving home. And honestly, even though it may feel like you can’t wait to get the heck out of your parents’ house, it’s really not something to rush. You need to try and savor every single moment of your childhood. Believe me, you won’t regret it. You’ll cherish those memories for ever and ever.