Is Your Teen Ready to Be Left Home Alone?
In Lions and Tigers and Teens (Unlimited Publishing, $16.99), author Myrna Beth Haskell offers advice for how to relax when teens are home alone:
- Parents concerned about how their teen will handle time alone should "start slowly and progress to more responsibility once a teen has proven himself."
- If your teen has "consistently demonstrated mature decision-making, trust that she will make the right choices if she is left alone."
- When it comes to rules, "don't assume she knows what is expected. Be honest with your teen about 'why' your rules are important."
- Teens should "be aware that there will be strict consequences if they break the rules while you're not at home."
- "Be sure you can reach your teen at all times and vice versa."
- For parents seeking extra insurance that their child is OK at home alone, "have a close friend or neighbor check in if you plan to be away for several hours."