February 28, 2013 WHEN YOU’RE SCARED TO STAY HOME ALONE This question comes from Dhruv. She writes: I’m only nine years old, and before I couldn’t stay home alone. Now my parents finally let me stay home alone. I’m really excited, but whenever they leave I feel terrified! What should I do? My advice: Hi Dhruv! I totally get why you’d be scared to stay home alone. I’m older than you and I’m pretty much NEVER home alone. When my parents go out, I always have Brianna around. I know I complain about babysitting her a TON, but I have to admit, I sometimes get freaked out when I’m in the house by myself…especially when it’s night! It’s one of those things that SOUND really cool, like getting to be a famous singer like Selena Gomez and traveling all over the world for concerts. But then there are the paparazzi, and the hoards of screaming fans, and you can’t just eat a McMuffin in peace because the whole dang world wants a piece of you!! Staying home alone is like that. You fantasize about how fun it will be to do whatever you want and have NO ONE telling you what to do, but then you get bored, and lonely, and you start worrying about all the stuff that could go wrong. It’s just nowhere near as cool as you’d think it would be!! If you’re not thrilled about being home by yourself and it makes you feel scared, I say tell your parents. Odds are they wouldn’t leave you home if they knew you weren’t comfortable with it. Just let them know you don’t feel ready yet, but maybe you’ll try again next year. And don’t feel embarrassed or anything. Nine is SUPER young to be doing your own thing without anyone else around. You might not feel comfortable for a few more years, and that’s totally okay! What do you guys think? Do you have any advice for Dhruv?