Is Your Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?

If your preteen is responsible, calm in emergencies, and able to use good judgment, then she may be ready to stay home alone. Discuss a few basic rules before you leave your preteen home for the first time.
• What should she do if the doorbell or phone rings?
• Is it okay to have friends over? How many? For how long?
• What is she permitted to eat and drink?
• What time limits does she have on watching TV or playing computer/video games? What is an approved list of programs and games?
• How does she contact you in an emergency?

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