How to Balance Work and Child Care

How to Balance Work and Child Care

Will children suffer if their mothers are employed?

Will children suffer if their mothers are employed?

If a mother can afford to stay at home, should she?

If a mother can afford to stay at home, should she?

At what ages is it important for a mom to be at home with her children?

At what ages is it important for a mom to be at home with her children?

Do pre-teens and teens need their moms at home more than young children?

Do pre-teens and teens need their moms at home more than young children?

Should parents let potential employers know they will need time off for things like children's doctor visits?

Should parents let potential employers know they will need time off for things like children's doctor visits?

What kind of childcare arrangements are the best?

What kind of childcare arrangements are the best?

Is it important that childcare be licensed?

Is it important that childcare be licensed?

What is a good ratio of adults to children in childcare?

What is a good ratio of adults to children in childcare?

Should parents make unannounced visits to see their children in childcare?

Should parents make unannounced visits to see their children in childcare?

Can neighbors and family members provide good child care?

Can neighbors and family members provide good child care?

How old should babysitters be?

How old should babysitters be?

How old do children have to be before they can stay home without supervision?

How old do children have to be before they can stay home without supervision?

How can parents lower stress in their lives?

How can parents lower stress in their lives?

How does stress affect health?

How does stress affect health?

How can parents convince their children to sleep so they have time to relax?

How can parents convince their children to sleep so they have time to relax?

What can parents do if they don't feel they have enough time for sleep?

What can parents do if they don't feel they have enough time for sleep?

How do you balance time between work, caring for children and possibly caring for others, too?

How do you balance time between work, caring for children and possibly caring for others, too?

How can parents do a better job of sharing responsibility for the children?

How can parents do a better job of sharing responsibility for the children?

Can quality time make up for less quantity of time with children?

Can quality time make up for less quantity of time with children?

What do parents do if they are too tired from work to help their children with homework?

What do parents do if they are too tired from work to help their children with homework?

Is fast food or takeout food necessarily bad?

Is fast food or takeout food necessarily bad?

Is it okay for my children to eat snacks or dinner while watching TV?

Is it okay for my children to eat snacks or dinner while watching TV?

Does it matter if we have meals as a family?

Does it matter if we have meals as a family?

Is it okay for children or parents to skip breakfast?

Is it okay for children or parents to skip breakfast?

How can parents provide healthy meals if both have jobs outside the home?

How can parents provide healthy meals if both have jobs outside the home?

How old do children have to be before they can stay home without supervision?

How old do children have to be before they can stay home without supervision?

How old should babysitters be?

How old should babysitters be?

Can neighbors and family members provide good child care?

Can neighbors and family members provide good child care?

Should parents make unannounced visits to see their children in childcare?

Should parents make unannounced visits to see their children in childcare?

What is a good ratio of adults to children in childcare?

What is a good ratio of adults to children in childcare?

Is it important that childcare be licensed?

Is it important that childcare be licensed?

What kind of childcare arrangements are the best?

What kind of childcare arrangements are the best?

Should parents let potential employers know they will need time off for things like children's doctor visits?

Should parents let potential employers know they will need time off for things like children's doctor visits?

Do pre-teens and teens need their moms at home more than young children?

Do pre-teens and teens need their moms at home more than young children?

At what ages is it important for a mom to be at home with her children?

At what ages is it important for a mom to be at home with her children?

If a mother can afford to stay at home, should she?

If a mother can afford to stay at home, should she?

Will children suffer if their mothers are employed?

Will children suffer if their mothers are employed?

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How old do children have to be before they can stay home without supervision?

National Research Center for Women and Families president Dr. Diana Zuckerman discusses at what age children can stay at home alone.

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Host: How old do children have to be before they can stay at home without supervision?

Dr. Diana Zuckerman: There are legal limits to how old children are supposed to be before they are allowed to stay home without supervision and that varies state by state. But generally, the feeling is that kids should be 12, approximately 12 or older to not need supervision and also it depends for example, if you have got three children and the oldest one is 12 and the youngest one is two, a lot of parents do let their 12 year olds take care of the younger children and of course, babysitters as well, but that doesn't mean it's a really good idea. So, it partly depends on the situation. Is this for two hours after school? Is this at night, a home alone for six hours at a time? Are you expecting your older children to cook for themselves or for the younger children? Do they know how to cook? Are they just going to use the microwave or they are going to use the stove? These are all the different kinds of issues that parents need to think about but a lot of it depends on the maturity of the child and you will learn, you will see how much you can trust them, but don't expect too much. Don't expect too much of a ten or 11 or 12 or 13 year old child. You have to be aware of the fact that they are going to have their own interests and maybe they are supposed to be supervising the younger children or maybe they are supposed to be doing their homework, but when temptation strikes, kids that age very often, are going to be tempted to do what feels good to them not necessarily what they are supposed to do.