Is Your Child Home Alone After School?
The reasons for a "home alone" arrangement for a child can be many and varied, but deciding whether a child is ready to stay home alone after school is tough for most parents.
Very often it is simply a matter of necessity. Many single working moms, for example, are not available when the school day ends for their child.
In the USA, the law on when it is safe to leave children alone in the home varies by state. Most provinces in Canada require that children age 10 and under be supervised at all times by an adult.
In many countries the decision is based on community laws, but most agree that by 10 or 12 many young tweens are ready to take this step towards independence. But age is only one factor. Parents need to assess their child's level of maturity before making this step.
Is your child confident and independent? Can your child cope in an emergency? Will siblings be home alone together? If a fight erupts with no parents to referee can they avoid getting physical? Can you be reached for help if an emergency does develop?
If your child is ready to be home alone, prepare a plan that includes this safety checklist:
• Practice locking and unlocking doors with your child.
Source... News Canada
More about kids home alone around the Web:
When It's Just You After School - KidsHealth.org guide with advice on setting ground rules, related safety tips.
Tasking care of your latchkey kid - Tips on finding alternatives to kids staying home alone.