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Home Alone: Knowing When, How and Under What Conditions It’s OK to Leave Your Child

Parents often ask how old a child should be to stay home alone safely, even for a very short time. But it’s not only a child’s chronological age that matters. As Marti, Erin and guest Jenny Hanlon discuss in this week’s Mom Enough show, we need to consider a child’s specific skills, emotional maturity and circumstances. We also need to begin preparing a child long before we leave them, and we need to set clear expectations and limits. This show will help you and your child get ready for this important milestone!


What steps would you take to prepare your child to be safe at home without an adult? What would be the top three rules you would want your child to follow during time alone? Share your thoughts in our REPLY space below!


For more information on Your Family Compass: A Parenting Guide For the Journey, click here.

For Jenny’s blog, click here.

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