How to Know When Your Child Is Ready to Stay Home Alone, Etc.

As parents start to hear those “when can I … ?” questions, teaching them what to expect and how to react in different situations goes a long way toward having confidence about their safety in the world. Here are some basic, age-appropriate guidelines for preparing kids to be more independent, so that you can feel more secure when they do strike out on their own:


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Deirdre Wilson is senior editor for United Parenting Publications.

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