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In trying to determine when your child is ready to be left home alone, consider asking these questions: How does your child feel about staying alone? For what length of time will the child be on its own? What are the safety risks associated with leaving your child alone? Is your child able to say no to peer pressure that would encourage them to break the rules when you are gone? The answers to these questions will give you a clue as to whether or not your child is ready for the responsibility of being home alone.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|