What you need to keep in mind when you are leaving your teenage child at home alone?
Be it an emergency to go, reach somewhere or an unexpected holiday. A sudden business meet or the pre-arranged child care’s failure to reach. There would be at some time a need for having to leave your child alone at home. Even though your child may be a grown-up teen you will still have worries surrounding you and you may think a million times before you step out of the house.
Even your child may not feel secure for the first time. But with certain tips and a few trials before, you and your child will be confident about it. Your teen would be able to handle better, and you could concentrate on your work a lot better.
When you leave your child alone at home, the first question you would ask yourself is “Would my child be able to stay safely Alone at home?”
The answer to this depends on a variety of factors whether your teen would be able to make the right decisions under the pressure of an unfavourable situation? Would he be able to say No to his friends if they insist on setting up a party at the house? (Don’t you watch the project “X”?) Would he be able to call for emergencies at the right time? Because there may be times when panic kicks in and your child may not know how to react instantly to it.
You also have to see if there is someone to check onto your teen once a while in between to assure the kid is doing fine. Are your neighbours great enough doing that? Or are simply strangers? You need to consider the question of whether your child follows the rules set up?
Do you need to think if your kid is responsible enough to handle household chores? Because certain kids simply lay around lazy. One of the important questions would even be if your child knows how to use first aid? Ask yourself, will your child be scared at night? Teenagers do not accept it but many times they may feel fear seeing an empty house in front of them especially during the nights.
And lastly, would your teen be able to take care of someone responsible for? There may be occasions you leave your child with his/her younger sibling for long durations but before doing that, practice doing it in advance and make your teen do babysitting for a few hours.
Before leaving your teen alone, you need to keep in mind about Preparing your child prior. Just let your kid have a little practice and a little information. Try leaving your kid alone for an hour or a half more, when you walk in by a supermarket until then. Make sure you are easily accessible. And when you come back, talk to your child or tell him things you would want him to be careful of the next time you leave him alone.
Give in details or leave a note with certain important information:
• Teach your kid about being aware while there is a knock on the door, open only when assured.
• Teach him when and how to call the emergency number and the address they should provide with.
• Provide the child with all the necessary phone numbers in case of emergencies and let him by-heart a couple of the most important ones.
• Teach him/her how to use the first aid kit and let him know where in the house, it is kept. (A lot of times, kids spend much of time searching for things around)
• How to check on the home security system and what to do if the alarm is accidentally turned off.
• Using the speed dial number on the phone and knowing who’s all contacts are on the speed dial.
• Warn them about locking and unlocking the doors carefully.
• How to operate the microwave, induction, and blenders.
• Teach them what to do in case of a kitchen accident, severe weather conditions, an unexpected knock on the door, someone asking about parents not being home or sudden power cuts.
Come up with some ground rules:
Set up rules and regulations for your child to follow without fail and let your child know and understand these. Come up with rules like:
1. Going to bed max by 11.00 or 11.30pm (Whichever time you feel would be the best)
2. Not watch certain stuff on the TV or the internet.
3. No partying in your absence.
4. Turning off all the lights when not in use.
5. Watering the plants every day in the morning first.
6. Not saying anyone that you are alone.
7. When to and when not to answer the phone.
Other Things to keep in Mind:
1. Bring all the necessary eatable your child would need in your absence and something that could be easy to cook so that he does not have to visit a supermarket or a restaurant.
2. Set a time where you call your child and talk to him to ensure everything is safe and sound.
3. Get rid of any alcohol available at your house before you leave. Hide the sharp kitchen utensils and if you have a doubt then get your electrical checked too.
And just before you leave, be confident about your child. Give him a warm hug and keep your worries off, because you have planned well, and nothing will certainly go wrong.
1. Talk to your child and fill him in with the information he lacks.
2. Have home alone trials.
3. Make necessary rules and necessary notes to be left around.
4. Keep your house child proof for him/her to be alone.