Should Kids Stay Home Alone?
Do you think that if you let your “little sweetie” stay at home alone for a half hour that the house is going to burn down? Well, don’t worry because that kind of thing usually happens in horror movies. Do you think the house will get robbed and your loved one will have to deal with a couple of crooks on her own? Well, that happens mostly in movies too. And don’t even think the situation will turn out like Home Alone, because you see, that actually was a movie. So, let your child stay at home alone. Letting him/her handle the house for a bit is very safe, it can save you some money, and it can prepare them for the future.
First of all, let us all get this fact very clear: safety is not an issue when your responsible ten-year-old is handling the house when you are stepping out for a bit. Safety is not an issue because at school, your kids have been prepared for fire drills, and, because there is a wonderful instrument called a telephone. That should put your mind at ease because your child can communicate with you if there just so happens to be a problem.
The first benefit of letting your child stay home alone is that you will save some money— the money that is going to the babysitters. Now who doesn’t want some extra money? Besides you will have that money to spend on a home security system if you are worried that something is going to happen to your home. Or, you will have that money for other things further down the road, such as college.
Also, talking about college, your child will go there sooner or later. And you want him to know how to live alone—it will be embarrassing if he doesn’t. If you do let your child stay home alone, he will know how to deal with problems that could occur at college because he had experience with them from his younger years.
Another benefit of letting your child stay home by himself is that a lot of conflicts will get resolved between you and your child, like all those times when he has homework to do or when he wants to play and simply stay alone. Now, he won’t be shouting, “You expect me to finish all my homework and still go out with you and run errands?” Won’t it be great to have some good times instead: “Sweetie, I’m going out now. Just call me if you need me. Stay good!” “Sure Mom.” To have that lighter mood in the house, or at least when you are going out, let your kid stay alone for a bit.
I hope I have convinced you to change your perspective on letting your child stay home alone.
[A persuasive essay to convince your parents!]