My daughter is in 6th grade. My husband and I both work and
he thinks she's old enough to be home alone after school.
I don't think she needs a baby sitter but don't want her there
alone. What do you think?
a tricky age. Girls in the 6th grade can look and act much
older than their years. Assuming she's a responsible child
who hasn't been in trouble, let's look for ways to help her
transition from having a baby sitter to having full independence.�
Call the school
and find out what after-school activities are available to
her there. Be sure you can pick her up or that she has a safe
ride home. Check with your church or community center about
activities for her. She still needs some direction and monitoring
so you want a supervised activity. Get her involved in something
most every day. Call the program director periodically to
be sure she is attending and that the program is still right
If she does get
home before you do, be sure she calls to check in and that
she knows, and abides by, the rules of your home. Those should
include: no visitors, homework done before TV or the telephone,
and whatever afternoon chores you establish for her.�
Ease into this
new phase but don't stop monitoring her activities, her friends,
her grades. She's on her way - but you're not done yet!
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