My six-year-old has been asking to be allowed to stay home alone since he was just shy of three years old.
He brought it up again tonight and I said not yet.
“When I am seven?”
“Maybe when you are seven.”
“When I am eight?”
“Probably, if I just have to run out for a minute. But first you need to know how to call my cell phone number in case of an emergency.”
“Or you know, Mommy, there is something we could get. I saw it on a commercial on TV. It’s a special collar, and if you’ve fallen and you can’t get up, you press a button and someone comes to help you.”