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How do I know when my tween is ready to be left at home?

Are you considering whether your tween is ready to be left at home alone? Here's how to determine if your tween really is ready:
Discuss expectations for staying at home alone
Sit down with your tween and discuss family rules and expectations. Is your tween allowed to watch television, use the internet or make phone calls to friends while at home alone? Is he allowed use the oven or the microwave?
Set ground rules
Be specific about whether or not friends are allowed to visit your tween while he is home alone. Also, make it clear what tasks you expect your tween to accomplish while you are gone, such as tidying his bedroom or finishing his homework.
Have a plan
Leave an emergency ontact list of phone numbers by the telephone so your teen knows who to call in case of emergency. Make sure your child always knows to keep the door locked at all times and what to do in case of fire or injury. It is also advisable that your child understands first aid procedures and knows where to find the first-aid kit. 
Talk with siblings
If your tween is going to be looking after other siblings, be sure that all children understand what is expected of them. For instance, should your tween prepare a healthy snack for their little brother?
Begin slowly
Get your tween used to being home alone gradually. Begin with thirty minutes, adding on time slowly as your tween gets more comfortable with the idea. 

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