Whether it's a sick day home from school, an unexpected business meeting or appointment, or a childcare arrangement that fell through, there likely will be times when you'll need to leave your child home alone.
The first thing parents need to decide is whether their child is mature and responsible enough to stay home alone. If not, other options include after-school child care, local community programs, and utilizing a great babysitter!
Age is an important factor. However, your child's maturity and comfort level are just as important in deciding whether she is going to stay home alone. And before making the final decision, be sure to check out the laws in your state regarding the minimum age that kids can be home alone.