From the New York City subway to the New Jersey Turnpike, we know how to leave the kids alone.
But what if there’s something you can never do, and you just want to let them be?
We spoke to an expert to find out.
“I can’t even imagine what your parents would be like if you did that,” said Heather Hensley, author of the book, The Family That Can’t: The Hard Truth About the Kids You Leave Behind.
So why would you want to leave them alone?
“The reason that I say it’s impossible is because it’s the easiest thing in the world, the hardest thing in life.
I think it’s almost the same thing that you’d say you want.
It’s almost like it’s what they want.
They’re just not comfortable with it.
It could happen, and it could be great.
But I would say, it’s something that you should probably avoid at your own risk.”
And when will you do it?
“The easy way to do it is if you’re in the middle of a project or something you’re working on and you want your kids to have a safe place to be,” she said.
How to leave your children alone for an extended period of time.
When will you let them go?
“You need to let your kids go with you to that point, so that they can get to know who you are and where you’re from and how you relate to them and what you’re looking for,” Hensleys advice to her fellow parents said.
“You don’t need to force it, but it doesn’t need be forced.”
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