• October 31, 2014

Workshop helps children stay home alone

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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 4:30 am

While many children enjoy the freedom of having the house to themselves, Child, Youth and School Services wants children to realize the responsibility involved with staying at home alone.

They are hosting a free imAlone workshop for youth, ages 10 to 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Kouma Child Development Center.

“It’s just to better equip them to be able to make safe decisions. It teaches them how to problem solve everyday situations that they might come across if they’re at home by themselves,” said Rebekah Brittsan, assistant outreach services director for CYSS. “They have to know that they’re responsible for their own safety when they’re by themselves and that their parents are relying on them.”

The workshop features hands-on learning sessions covering personal safety, character, conflict resolution with siblings, responsibility, identifying and responding to emergencies, setting boundaries, kitchen safety and choosing healthy snacks, Brittsan said.

The workshop will be followed by a 30-minute session for parents, which will help them determine if their child is ready to stay at home alone.

“It’s an awesome program,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun for

(the children).”

The workshop will benefit students who will be home alone after school for the first time this fall. Brittsan encourages parents to enroll their children because it increases their maturity by making them aware of things like thinking ahead and looking at situations from an adult’s perspective. It also starts a conversation between children and parents about what they’re allowed to do when they’re home alone.

“Feedback from the parents (during past workshops) has overwhelmingly been positive,” she said.

 

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