What about being home alone after dark

The dark can heighten a child's fears and worries about strangers and strange noises. This is why most experts recommend not leaving any child home alone at night before the age of 12. Even age 12 is too young for many children to be left home alone at night.

How will I know our home-alone plan is working well? If your child seems happy, and is using her time productively, your home-alone plan is probably running smoothly. But children's needs change over time, so it's important to stay tuned in to how your child is feeling. If you hear a lot of complaints about stomach aches, or headaches, or if your child seems especially irritable or his schoolwork drops off, you may need to take a careful look at your plan.

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