Is your child a latchkey kid? What to consider when your child is home alone.
At around 11 or 12, depending on a child’s maturity level, spending a couple of hours home alone as a latch key kid is a real child-care option. But keep in mind safety rules like not letting your child use a stove, not answering the door when alone, and calling you when they arrive home. Then there’s other considerations says Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy. “The downside of being a latchkey kid is there might be some loneliness, there are also things that they might miss. There might be a lot of homework that doesn’t get done and there’s the possibility they can get into trouble. Those hours after school in the teen years are when kids get into trouble. If you have a teenager who could volunteer at a daycare center or get involved in coaching younger kids, that might be a better use of the time than sitting around a home, playing video games.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Michael Thompson, a psychologist, international speaker, and author of Homesick and Happy.
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