Featured Tip - Leaving a Child at Home Alone
When is it OK? Ask yourself...
- Is your child physically and mentally able to care for himself/herself?
- Does your child obey rules and make good decisions?
- Does your child feel comfortable or fearful about being home alone?
- Is your home safe and free of hazards?
- Does your child know where you are and how to contact you at all times?
Make a plan!
- Have a trial period. Leave the child alone for a short time while staying close to home.
- Role play. Act out possible situations.
- Establish rules. Make sure your child knows what is (and is not) allowed when you are not home.
- Check in. Call your child while you are away.
- Don't overdo it. Even a mature, responsible child shouldn't be home alone too much.
For more FCCS parenting tips, click on the links below:
- Are You A Stressed Out Parent?
- Are You A Stressed Out Parent? [Spanish]
- Are You a Stressed Parent? [Somali]
- Choose Your Partner Carefully
- Easy Ways to Eat Right
- Father Knows Best
- Father Knows Best [Spanish]
- Father Knows Best [Somali]
- Home Alone [Spanish]
- Home Alone [Somali]
- How to Develop a Positive Body Image
- Kids & Technology: Staying Safe
- Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car
- Parenting Teens
- Safe Sleep
- Safe Sleep [Spanish]
- Safe Sleep Environment
- Safe Sleep Environment [Spanish]
- Survival Tips for Parents of a New Baby
- Sweet Dreams ... Keeping Sleeping Babies Safe
For additional parenting tips, click on the links below:
- National Institute of Health - Safe Sleep Video
- The ABCs of Safe Infant Sleep Video
- Top 10 Tips for Healthier, Safer Children
- Choose Your Partner Carefully Public Service Announcement
Tips from Ted D. Bear
FCCS's mascot Ted D. Bear speaks directly to kids, providing advice about issues they may face at home, school and in the community. Check out these tips:
- Child Abuse is Unbearable Coloring Book
- Ted D Bear Activity Sheet
- How to Get Help in an Emergency
- How to be Street Smart
- Stay Safe this Summer