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When to switch children from day care to self-care

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I recently overheard a conversation between two parents deciding if their children were old enough to stay home alone this summer while they worked.

There are both risks and opportunities associated with self-care. Parents need to carefully decide whether self-care is appropriate for their children.

Most parents are aware of threats from accidents, fire or harm from strangers and make special efforts to deal with them. But what about a child's emotional well-being?

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