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How can I make my house ready to leave my preteen there alone?

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  • Make a list of emergency phone numbers.
  • Discuss what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Keep a first-aid kit and teach your tween how to use it.
  • Check to see that all smoke detectors and phones in your house are working.
  • Leave flashlights and fire extinguishers in easy-to-find places.
  • Stock the fridge with enough healthy foods and snacks to hold your tween until you get back. N
  • Make sure you've set up parental filters on your TV and computer.
  • Hide anything you don't want to end up in your tween's hands.

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Leaving Your Child Home Alone" and "When Can I Stay Home Alone in the Daytime?"

American Academy of Pediatrics.

University of Michigan Health System: "Babysitter Safety -- What Parents and Sitters Need to Know."

Child Welfare Information Gateway: "Leaving Your Child Home Alone."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 20, 2018

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Leaving Your Child Home Alone" and "When Can I Stay Home Alone in the Daytime?"

American Academy of Pediatrics.

University of Michigan Health System: "Babysitter Safety -- What Parents and Sitters Need to Know."

Child Welfare Information Gateway: "Leaving Your Child Home Alone."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 20, 2018

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