Parenting Tips

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.

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