What should parents do if they don’t want to leave their children home alone?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Nancy McBride with the National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children talks about what parents should do if they don’t want to leave their children home alone.

    Host: What should parents do if they do not want to leave their children homealone?

    Nancy McBride: Parents or guardians can seek other alternatives if they just do not feel comfortable leaving their kids alone. They should investigate After School programs, may be problems through their local voice or Boys & Girls Clubs where kids are supervised in a setting after school, so that they don t have to go home alone, but if they find that they absolutely, positively do need to have there kids home alone, they can just find that program or that setting, make sure you really take the time, really sit down, talk to your kids about the rules, make sure there are backup adults, who can come in if your child needs help and you are not available, and make sure that you know that your child knows how to reach you either on your cell phone or work phone and that they can get a hold of somebody right away. Run through some of the scenarios again with them, of some potential emergencies they might have to face, but you are able to fine that other venue, sometimes that is a good alternative to kids being home alone.