Is Your Child Responsible Enough To Stay at Home Alone?
Age is not the most important factor when it comes to deciding whether your child is ready to stay alone at home or not.
Questions ranging from knowing the safety of home to having emergency skills and their level of responsibility arise when you think about leaving your kids alone at home. There is no ‘magic age’ in which you feel that your child is mature and responsible enough to stay alone at home.
If your child is responsible enough to stay home alone, then it is best to set some ground rules and guide your kids about what they can do and what not.
Other steps which parents can take are:
Provide your kids with an emergency phone list and keep it at a place where kids can find it easily.
Practice an emergency drill so that kids are aware as to what they have to do in case of fire, injury or any other emergency.
Keep detergents, pest controls or any other hazardous substance is kept out of kids’ reach.
Keep first aid box within the reach of kids.
Kids should be taught basic things like locking the door properly and not to open the door for strangers.