Preparing Your Child To Be A Latchkey Kid PLR Ebook

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They’re Aware of Their Surroundings

Like paying attention to people, they need to be able to pay attention to their surroundings. That’s an important skill to have because that’s how you notice something burning, or a door that’s not locked, or other problems that may arise. They need to know when something is happening that requires a call to a neighbor, a parent, or the police when needed. If they’re oblivious to what’s going on around them, this could be dangerous for them.

Behaves Responsibly

Does your child behave in responsible ways? If they’re still bouncing off the walls and jumping around like a maniac, it could be very dangerous for them to stay home alone. Accidents happen very easily and tossing balls around the house, playing with candles (and fire), and just tumbling around can be very dangerous. If your child still does that when you’re around, they are going to do it when they’re alone.

Shows Their Trustworthiness

Does your child try to get away with things behind your back? If so, being alone may not be a good thing to do. But, if they’re good at being trustworthy and following the rules, it may work. For example, if your child goes with friends, do they ever come home because they thought their friends were misbehaving? That’s always a good sign that your child can make mature choices. In contrast, if you’re always catching them lying or hiding things, being alone may not be on the cards for them right now.

Can Recite Their Home Address and Phone Number

This is imperative because it will help them get help when they need it. Today, many parents and kids rely on their smartphones to be their memory. But, sometimes these devices do not work. They need to know phone numbers by heart that are important to remember, as well as their own address and possibly the address of someone who can help them if needed.

Knows How to Get in Touch with You or Others to Help

Your child should also know how to get in touch with you on any phone or device. It’s better if they don’t just know how to use their own cell phone but also how to use other types of phones to get help when needed. It might seem easy to you, but children who were born with smartphones in their hands may not know how to use another type of device.

Can Make Simple Snacks Alone

Usually, after school, a child needs a snack. If they can prepare their own easy snacks such as microwave popped corn, or a sandwich, fruit and so forth, then that makes it easier for them to be home alone. As they get older, they may even be able to start dinner for the family in the evening, which can be an added benefit of teaching children how to care for themselves.

Knows How and When to Dial 911

Another important skill is the ability to call emergency when needed, plus to differentiate when calling 911 is the right thing to do. Having the regular police number as well as the emergency number is a good idea. Having discussions about the difference between a life and death emergency and other types of important situations are very important for everyone. Not being able to fix your snack is not an emergency, for example.

Will Follow Instructions and Rules

If you give your child rules and instructions such as not having friends over, not answering the door, or talking to strangers, you know they’ll do what you say. When you leave them a note giving them directions to do something, you know they’ll do it. It’s imperative that your child follows rules given to them when they’re home alone. But remember, if they don’t follow them when you’re present, they won’t follow them when you’re not there.

Knows Basic First Aid

If your child skins their knee or stubs their toe or gets a splinter, can they deal with these minor issues themselves? If your child has big reactions to things like this, then you may think twice about leaving them alone. Start working with them to deal with these issues on their own so that they don’t feel the need to call you about every scrape.

These skills are important for any child to know when staying home alone. If they fall short and you want them to stay home alone, you will need to train them until they have grasped each of these skills. It’s important to teach these skills to kids anyway, but if you are hoping to prepare your child to be a latchkey kid, these skills are more important than ever.

5. Explaining to Your Child What’s Happening

Before you leave your child home alone, you will want to give them time to warm up to the idea, let go of their fears, and develop home alone skills. The best thing that you can do is to take your child’s age into consideration. The laws in your area are also important. Follow the law, and then work on preparing your child.

While leaving your child home alone isn’t something you probably thought you’d consider, it happens to many. Other children do it safely every day and yours can too. You just need to go about it the right way so that they can be prepared.

Explain What Will Happen

First, consider your child’s age and talk to them about staying home alone, and why it’s necessary. It’s okay to explain that you must work during those hours but that childcare costs a lot of money, and that it would be better to spend that money on other things that you need. If the main reason is that there is no childcare with transportation to and from school, tell them that. Whatever the real reason is that you need to let your child stay home alone after school, explain it to them in words that they understand.

Plan Ahead

There are many scenarios to go over with your child before you leave them alone. By planning for any issue that may arise, you teach them to handle most issues that you didn’t even think about. But it takes planning and talking openly and in an age-appropriate way with your child. Plan the exact snacks your child will have when they’re home alone. Plan the activities your child can do when you’re not home. If you save some things for only when you’re not home, that is going to make them more excited to do it.

Set the Rules

The best thing to do is make very strict rules about what they can do. Be stricter than you normally are. For example, ask them not to answer the phone other than for your parents, grandparents, or other designated people.

Examples of other rules could be: do not tell other people you are alone; do not cook on the stove top; do not climb on counters; do not chat on the internet, and so forth. Make your rules clear not only about what they’re not supposed to do but also about exactly what they should do while they’re home alone – such as chores, homework, game time, or TV time. Post the rules where your child can read them.

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- 3 Ebooks (DOC, TXT, DOCX), 17 Pages
- 2 Graphics (PSD, JPG)
- Year Released/Circulated: 2018
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