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How do you prep your school-ager to switch from after-school daycare to staying home alone for a few hours after school?”

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  • When he gets home, what are your expectations? Will he be expected to complete homework, make his own snack, clean up after snack, set the table for dinner? Depending on what you expect him to do, perhaps you could make a checklist and practice going through it, maybe on the weekend? Perhaps you could make a list of appropriate snacks that he knows how to prepare. Troubleshoot, too: here are the numbers where you can reach me, and here are appropriate reasons to call. (Or he can call without restrictions.)

    Will he be allowed to answer the door or the phone? If so, maybe you could practice how to answer, and what information he can and can not give out. I know some families will allow the child to answer the phone but not the door. If someone asks for a parent, they're not to say the parent isn't home, but only that "she can't come to the phone right now; can I take a message?" If you have call display, he may be instructed only to pick up for certain callers.

    That's all I can think of off the top of my head! Hope it's helpful.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MaryP on 15th August 2008