Parenting and Child Development

How Do You Know When Your Child Is Ready to Be Left Home Alone?

A tough question! Although paying for child care adds expense to the family budget, providing supervision for school age children is important until they are ready to handle this big responsibility. When the time is right, staying home alone can be a good experience. However, for a child who is not ready, it can be a frightening and potentially dangerous situation. This fact sheet can help you answer this question.

Is Your Child Ready to Be Home Alone? (.pdf)


Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in English or Spanish. Subscribe for free to have timely delivery to your email inbox or read online. Prenatal through age 5.

The UW-Extension Parenting Website includes links to online newsletters for expecting parents and parents of children from birth through age 3. Also includes links to other parenting websites for those with children from preschool through teenagers.


Taylor County Directory of Services (.pdf)