Each August or September, when children go back to school, parents face the dilemma of what to do about after school child care. At what age can you leave your child home alone? This seems to be a pressing question for many moms and dads.
Depending on your child’s personality, you may have reservations about leaving your child alone for different reasons. You may be concerned that your kid is not quite mature enough to follow the necessary rules or stay out of trouble or danger. Or, you may be worried that your child could get hurt or be the victim of a fire, crime or other tragedy.
The staff of St. Louis Children’s Hospital can help you wade through the worries and determine whether your kid is ready to stay home alone. Through a two hour Staying Home Alone class, children and their parents can learn about all the challenges of a child becoming more independent, yet staying safe at home. Through this discussion, children will learn about some of the skills they need to handle being home alone. You and your kids will also receive a workbook to provide further exploration into whether your child is ready for the responsibility of staying alone.
Class schedules are as follows:
Tuesday, September 27 – Progress West Healthcare Center – 6:30-8:30 p.m
Saturday, November 12 – The Lodge, Des Peres – 1:00-2:30 p.m.
The fee for each class is $20 per one child and parent. To register for the Staying Home Alone class through St. Louis Children’s Hospital, call 314.454.KIDS or 800.678.KIDS.
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