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Home Alone or Watching Younger Siblings: Is Your Preteen Ready?
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Louise_WebMD_Staff posted:

Does the idea of leaving your preteen "home alone" for the first time bring to mind scenes from the movie of the same name? Do you picture marathon video game sessions, junk food parties, and toy tornadoes tearing through your house?
Trusting your kids with your home and all its contents is enough to give any parent pause, especially during that gray period between ages 9 and 12 when they're no longer babies, but they're not yet full-fledged teenagers either (hence the term, "tweens").
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