Home alone?

School is starting and many of you parents out there have to decide whether or not your kids are ready to be home alone. Thousands of children across Wisconsin come home after school to an empty house. Nationally, nearly seven million children between ages 5 and 14 are left home alone for some period of time each school day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Wisconsin law does not specify an age a child may be left without adult supervision. However, it is the parents’ responsibility to protect and keep their children safe. …Continue reading →

Kids and the economy

Lately, a day doesn’t go by without hearing some bad news about the economy. As parents, it’s natural that we sometimes may become stressed, depressed or angry. Children often sense this, and can feel stressed and anxious, too. So what can we do for our children during these difficult times? The following tips may be helpful:

Keep the lines of communication open
It’s more important than ever to keep communication open and honest with your children. Kids sense when their parents are worried – and they need to know why. Reassure your children that while circumstances may have changed, they will be safe and OK.

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