Home Alone For Spring Break; Tips on Keeping Kids Safe

The Parenting Cottage gives parents tips for staying home alone for Spring Break, and alternative activities they can do instead.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

LUBBOCK,TX-Is your child ready to stay home alone this Spring Break?

“The big question is do they feel comfortable staying by themselves,” Carla Olson said.

Olson is the Executive Director of The Parenting Cottage.

She said 12 years old is a good age to think about.

“Of course, that is based on several different factors,” Olson said. “How emotionally mature is your child? Some 12 year olds are more mature than others.”

But don't make Spring Break the first time they are on their own.

“We always recommend that Spring Break not be the first time you leave your child home alone for a whole week at a time,” Olson said

Some tips for your kids: Don't cook

“Make arrangements so they don’t have to cook,” Olson said. “Is there sandwich meat there? Are there things they can eat without having to cook?”

If the phone rings, let it go to voicemail.

“Certainly never to tell anybody, ‘my mom or dad is not here,’” Olson said.

If you are not comfortable keeping your kids home unsupervised, there are plenty of things to do around town.

If your kids have a green thumb, the Lubbock Arboretum is offering gardening classes every morning.

The Silent Wings Museum can teach them how to swing dance.

Also, Trinity Christian school will hold their just between friends, swap meet this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.



Texas
Tech Baseball, Softball and Tennis –All Week

Schedule at http://www.texastech.com/

 

Gardening Camp –Mar. 17-21

Lubbock Arboreatum

9am

 

Just Between Friends (Swap Meet)-Mar. 20-22

Trinity Christian School

10am

 

Spring Swing-Mar. 22

Silent Wings Museum

4pm

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