Be Safe When Home Alone

Have you decided that your child is old enough to stay home alone after school? This decision cannot be taken lightly. The first step to feeling comfortable totally depends on your child's maturity, judgment, and comfort level. Also, check with your city or state on the laws governing the age at which your child can legally be left alone (often it's 11 and up). They might be at the right age but find out if they are ready before moving forward.

The first thing to do will be to ask your child how he or she feels about staying home alone. If they seem worried or afraid, they may not be ready. But if they feel confident and want to have a sense of independence, then it's time to go over the rules that goes along with this decision.

Who likes rules? Your average person probably doesn't but they are necessary, protects us and makes us feel safe. The first rule is to map out an escape route. As a family, get paper and pencil to draw a map of the house that will outline the best pathways to safety from each room in the house. Place this map throughout the house. Don't forget to make a fun exercise by using colors or paint and of course do this while eating some feel good food. Tune into the next Be Safe Show where I will share another important element of preparing your children to be safe at home alone.