Every parent eventually faces the decision to leave their child home alone for the first time. Parents need to make sure their child has the skills and maturity to safely handle the situation.
Your child needs to know what to do and whom to contact in an emergency situation. You may want to consider enrolling your child in a safety course.
Leave the child home alone for a short time while staying close to home.
Act out possible situations to help your child learn what to do.
Make sure your child knows what is and what is not allowed when you are not home.
Call your child while you are away to see how it’s going, or have a trusted neighbor or friend check in.
Encourage your child to share feelings with you about staying home alone.