School is Out for Summer! Is Your Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?

 

 

 

 

 

School is Out for Summer!  Is Your Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?

Like many parents, you might be trying to decide if it is safe to leave your school-age child home alone during the summer break.  Your child might be ready to stay home alone if they:

  • Indicate a desire and willingness to stay alone
  • Accepts responsibility and is able to make decisions independently
  • Shows an awareness of what others need

 

For many children, these abilities appear between 9 and 12 years of age.  UW-Extension offers a free on-line class called Home Alone.  The class was developed to help you prepare your child for self-care.  Take the class together with your child and gain confidence that they are ready to stay home alone.   

View the program online at http://fyi.uwex.edu/homealone/.

Contact Renee Koenig, renee.koenig@ces.uwex.edu or 920-388-7137 for more information.