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Before leaving a child home alone for any length of time, run a few trial tests first. Try leaving alone for 10-15 minutes and gauge your child's reaction. If all goes well, next time you may try 30 minutes or an hour. The next time may be for 1-2 hours. Slowly build up to see how well your child is handling it before you decide to leave them alone all day by themselves.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|