The 2014 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) annual picnic is full of stories of how miracles do happen. Parents of children who spent weeks, even months, in the NICU attend the reunion each year to visit with the nurses who cared for their babies. This year’s theme was “Super Heroes” and many of the families dressed in costume for the occasion.
If only there was a parenting handbook to tell you the right time to leave your child home alone without supervision. As parents know, though, raising a child is far from formulaic, and decisions must be made after careful thought and consideration.
Being left home alone can be a positive experience for your child, engendering a sense of confidence, responsibility and self-awareness. But, there are also risks of an emergency or unforeseen situation to which your child may have to react.
So what is best for your child? While that’s ultimately for you to decide, we can provide recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health …