You might be one of the many parents who must choose between leaving children home alone during the day while you work, or finding alternative care.
Children being home for virtual and hybrid learning during the pandemic is another situation that has made this topic important.
Parents often worry when their children are home alone, but there are precautions they can take to ease their worries and help protect their children when they’re not around.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
· Stay in touch. Call children throughout the day to ask how they are and what they are doing. Ask children to check in before they leave the house and to call again when they return.
· Keep kids connected. Post important numbers by the telephone, including parent’s work and cell phone, the doctor’s office, and a neighbor or a nearby relative who can help children quickly if they need it.
· Practice what to do in an emergency. Teach children how to dial 911 or “0” and when to do it.
· Set firm rules. Make clear what children are allowed to do and what they aren’t allowed to do. Can they use the Internet when home alone? Can they invite a friend over? Can they invite several friends over?
If you feel comfortable leaving your children home alone and feel that they are ready, discuss it with them and start practicing what they should and shouldn’t do. Role play different scenarios to prepare them for anything that might happen when they are home alone.