If you’re wondering whether your child is old enough to be home alone, a workshop offered by the Plymouth Police and Fire departments may be able to help. The departments will offer “Home Alone” from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Thurs., May 10 and Thurs., June 14 at the Plymouth Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. Registration is required.
The workshop will help parents:
- Evaluate if their child is ready to be home alone;
- Prepare their home so that it is safe and ready for a stay-at-home child; and
- Create house rules to keep families safe and working together.
Many children let themselves in or out of empty houses and supervise themselves for an hour or more each day. When making the decision to become a ‘Home Alone’ family, a child’s age is not the only consideration. Some children might function well alone at home, while others might not be ready to assume the responsibility of self-care, according to Public Safety Education Specialist Sara Cwayna.
The cost for the workshop is $5 for each family member attending. Parents and children must attend the workshop together. Children must be between the ages of eight to 10 to participate. Class size is limited to 15 families.
Families can register online by using the City of Plymouth’s Rec-Connect online registration system at www.plymouthmn.gov. The course number for the May 10 workshop is 39891. For the June 14 workshop, the course number is 39892.
For more information, call 763-509-5198.