School is officially back in session for Midland, Odessa, and most surrounding cities. Moms and dads everywhere are more than likely breathing a huge sigh of relief. Finding a sitter during the summer months is no joke but now what about after school? Who will watch your littles for a couple of hours until you call it quits at the office at 5? Can you just leave them home alone for that amount of time? Is it even legal?

These are literally questions that all parents wonder as our children get older. Can little Susie stay home with big brother Kevin? What is the legal age in Texas? Parents, there are some questions we have concerning our children that oftentimes we just do not have the answer to. What age can


*At what age can kids stay home alone in Texas? I had heard the age was 13 but according to The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, there is no law in Texas that states what age children can stay home alone. Obviously, common sense must be exercised in this situation. Clearly, I personally would never leave a child younger than the age of 13 home alone. But there are a series of questions that you as a parent can ask yourself to help make that decision. Find them here.

Brother and sister baking cookies

*At what age can a teen get a job in Texas? State law is that children as young as 14 can get a job but can work no more than 8 hours a day, cannot work more than 48 hours a week, and are not able to go to work earlier than 5 am.


*At what age can I child ride in the front seat? There is no specific Texas law that states at what age a child can sit in the front seat, however I have always heard that a child must be at least 80 lbs, 4 ft 9 in in height and typically the age of 9 in most cases.

Noel Hendrickson

At what age can a teenager get his/her driver's license in Texas? According to,

they can start a driver's education course as soon as they turn 14 years old - but they must wait until they are 15 years of age to be eligible for a learner license. The learner license allows teenagers the ability to drive their vehicle for the sole purpose of learning to drive - they're required at all times to drive with a licensed passenger aged 21 or older.

Son with father testing new bought car, dad teaching teen boy to drive auto


As a mother of 3, I have used my own discretion and common sense when it comes to what works for our family for many things.

10 Things Every Texan Should Know

10 Things Every Texan Should Know
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