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11/11/13 11:25 A

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Good advice given when forced to allow kids to be on their own at home. Keep the busy and productive or they will eventually get bored and mischievous. Even the best kids can find themselves in trouble when left alone too much. Depending on the state one live in, there are some laws that prohibit latchkid keys at too young of an age. Even if they are mature, so be sure to check on that. When my kids were that young we also tried to send them on things like church camp, youth league camps, or to relatives that were able to watch them better during those long breaks. Keep the faith

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7/9/13 2:21 P

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I usually give my kids a few chores each day. They also have cell phones and check in with me every so often. They usually text me to ask if they can go to a friend's house, have friends over or go to the McDonalds a couple of blocks away. I don't mind as long as they are with a few friends so there is a group of kids.

It sounds like you have a great plan already! Have a great summer.

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7/7/13 5:38 P

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I started the schedule concept and task list for him. So far so good. I painted the inside of our kitchen cabinets with whiteboard paint so that he can check tasks off the list as he completes them. This does include a good breakfast by 8:30 am and a good lunch by 12:30 pm or he'll eat junk. He also has to make his bed, take care of the recycling, put away any dishes he has created and so forth.

I also have added silly stuff like sing two songs to the cat. Do 10 jumping jacks. Throwing in a little exercise is a must. He has to stick handle (he plays hockey) for at least 20 minutes. We keep coming up with more simple chores and silly tasks to make the day go faster.

This certainly has made summer a lot more fun for everyone!

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7/6/13 2:58 P

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I think a schedule is a great idea!

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6/25/13 7:52 P

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Thank you so much for the advice! The idea of a schedule is a perfect plan to keep him from playing minecraft and watching tv all day. I like the idea of no junk food and planned snacks. He likes to graze all day.

Having a time to complete tasks will help him keep busy and not get bored. Love it! I think giving them room to personalize it as the summer is great incentive to stay on task and let them show their independence.

Your answer is truly appreciated!

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6/25/13 3:05 P

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My 14-yr old daughter has a routine that we mastered from last summer. I began last summer with a written schedule every day. I listed what to eat for breakfast, snacks, and lunch. I listed what time she should do her 2-3 chores. I also included screen time, exercise time, and time to practice her instrument. At other times she read a book or worked on crafts. I think she felt relieved to have a schedule laid out for her. I let her start to make changes to the schedule and she started writing it on her own. And then she didn't need to write it down after getting the hang of it by the end of summer.

I started this because the kids have routines and strict schedules all school-year. To be put in a situation where suddenly they have all day with nothing expected would just be too overwhelming and I KNOW she would end up on the couch in front of the TV all day until 30 minutes before I get home when she would do her chores! (well, because that's what I did when I was her age!)

Also, I had to be responsible on my part with a few rules: No junk food in the house, buy LOTS of fruits and veggies she liked at the grocery store, divide portions ahead of time, keep her accountable to her chores and exercises or double up the next day. And do lots of fun things on the weekends out of the house so she didn't feel so stir crazy during the weekdays.

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5/6/13 2:52 P

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Sorry! I mean Mondays from 7:30 am to about 3:15 pm. and Wednesdays from 7:30 am to about 2:30 pm. So a day and a half total per week.

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5/2/13 9:44 P

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When you say a day and a half do you mean overnight or just one day from maybe say 7am to 6pm or something like that and then half that time the next day can you please clarify

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5/2/13 3:28 P

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My son is going to be on his own a day and a half every week during the summer while my husband and I are at work. I feel he's old enough. Very mature. For those of you that have been through this before, what rules or expectations do you have for your child/children?

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