Kids Are You Ready?

Kids Are You Ready?

When your parents agree that you may try self-care, they are showing they think you are growing up and responsible. They probably want to try self-care for a while to see how you do. By talking with your parents about your feelings, you can help decide whether the time is right for self-care.

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Kids, please complete the “Kids: Are You Ready?” assessment below to see if you are ready to start thinking about what it would be like to care for yourself.


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If you answered no to the first four questions and yes to the last three, you are probably ready to start thinking about what it would be like to care for yourself.  If not, you may want to wait before beginning self-care. Talk with your parents about the results.

If you feel you are ready to begin self-care, please watch the following video, “Kids Are You Ready?” The video portrays four kids who share their experience of what is was like to stay home alone.

While watching the video think about if you can relate to the feelings they share?

Now that you have heard others talk about this topic, take some time to think about how you feel.  Answer the following questions and discuss them with your parents to see if you feel ready to stay home alone.

  • When I’m by myself, I feel…
  • When I’m by myself, I really like to…
  • When I’m by myself, I get scared about…
  • When I’m by myself, I wish I knew…
  • When I’m by myself, I wish I could…
  • When I’m by myself, the best thing is…
  • When I’m by myself, the worst thing is…

Now that you’ve taken the time to discuss your feelings about being home alone, it’s time to create your home alone plan.

Go to Lesson Three: Developing Your Own Home Alone Plan
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