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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-388-7137 for more information.