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The school year is starting. You're scrambling to put after-school or childcare plans in place when your "tween" daughter tells you that all her friends' moms are letting them stay home alone after school this year. "Why do I still have a babysitter?" she asks. Or worse, she says, "You're making me miserable!"
No Magic Formula
Sound familiar? Like most things with "tweens" and teens, there are no set rules for deciding if your daughter is ready to be home alone. Asking yourself the following questions and talking to your daughter is one way to find out:
Although you may worry at first, staying home alone is a normal milestone in your daughter's development. It's a sign—to both of you—that she's growing up.
How to Prepare
Decided to let her stay home alone? Setting some guidelines with your child will help both of you feel better.