It will be a great day in your family's history when your kids are old enough to be left by themselves. That will mean that you feel they are responsible enough to take care of themselves and to make sure the house is secure. It's still a good idea to take some precautions so that, if a crisis does arrive, your kids will be ready to face it. From the lights going out to being locked out of the house, here are some ideas that might help you to make sure your children are ready to face unexpected problems.
Have A Family Meeting - Even before your first outing without the kids happens, it will be good to establish some rules. If your oldest child is super responsible, put that child in charge of making things going smoothly. However, give the other kids responsibilities, too, so that they will feel important and so the oldest child isn't overly burdened. For example, the oldest child might be in charge of making sure that the younger kids stay in the house. Another child could be in charge of activities like setting up a board game or setting out snacks for watching a movie. One child might be responsible for answering phone calls. Leave a credit card that will be used only in case of an emergency or for only items you have permitted and give your most responsible child access to it and directions on how to use it.
Setting Up A Backup Plan - Think of scenarios that probably will not happen, but that could happen.
Of course, your first outings without the children will probably be short ones. When the children are old enough to be left without a sitter, you might even go away for an overnight stay. You'll know when the kids are ready for that.Share
13 April 2016
Letting your tween stay home alone for the first time may be an exciting experience for them, but it likely makes you a little worried. To give yourself some peace of mind and to help protect your tween while home alone, it’s a good idea to create a safety kit and store it in a safe place that can be accessed from outside of the house, like in a locked box in the garage, that can be used in case of emergencies. The kit should include first-aid items, emergency phone numbers, and even a prepaid cell phone. You should also have your locksmith change all of the locks for a fresh start and make two copies of the new keys for your tween – one to keep with them at all times, and one to hide outside in case the first is lost.