Event explores readiness of kids at home alone

10/26/2011

ASHWAUBENON – A free informational session on Wednesday, Nov. 2, will help parents and guardians determine whether their child is ready to stay home alone.

The session, a partnership with Bellin Health, the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Ashwaubenon, 1630 Commanche Ave.
 
Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the program with their children.

“This program will help children and their parents or guardians talk through possible scenarios to see if the child is prepared to handle them alone,” said Dr. Timm Missbach, a pediatrician at Bellin Health. “There is no agreed-upon age at which children are ready to take care of themselves, but when your child is ready, self-care can encourage independence, maturity, and responsibility.”

An April 2003 study by Child Trends – a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development – estimated that 3 million children nationwide under the age of 13 were regularly left home alone for at least a few hours a week.
 
Parents and guardians interested in attending the November 2 informational session are encouraged to register online at www.bellin.org/calendar and click on the event date, or call (920) 445-7373 or (888) 758-7373.