One question frequently asked by parents is, "How old should a child be before he can be left home alone?" Often, I'm asked this question when holidays are coming up and parents will be at work, but children won't be in school. The question is asked even more frequently as summer vacation approaches. Of course, there is no simple one-size-fits-all answer. This decision is complicated because much depends upon the individual child and also family dynamics. A parent has to consider not only whether his or her particular child is "old enough," but is ready enough to be left home alone. The issue becomes more complicated if there are younger siblings. Is the oldest child ready to stay home alone and to be "in charge of" the younger children?
Home Alone Part III October 4, 2007
Home Alone Part IV October 11, 2007
Home Alone Part V October 12, 2007
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