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Family Focus: When To Leave Your Child Alone

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Being alone can be a scary thing. So, how do parents decide when it's right to leave their child home alone for the first time?

For one, they can go with their gut feeling. Parents can also make their decision off of guidelines set by the Department of Human Services. But, when it comes to age of nine, that may seem to be the magic number. 

Region 2 Parent Educator Holly Arnold says that by age nine, if you feel that your child is ready to handle being alone for a short period of time, make sure it's during the day. It's also important that they are not supervising other children.

One of the most important things to remember is that your child's age doesn't always determine when they are ready to be left home.

"Age is one criteria, but we all know that there are some nine-year-olds that may seem more like six-year-olds in their judgment, and nine- year-olds that seem more like 12-year-olds in their judgment," says Arnold.

The bottom line is to make sure that your child feels like they can handle it. Just be sure not to rush kids into any stage that they are not ready for.

 

 

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