Any advice on AD being 'home alone'?
AD is 12.5 years old. She goes to a specialist senior school where she is happy, although she regularly has very difficult days there. AD comes home by taxi, arriving at 5 -5.30pm depending on traffic and whether there are other children to be dropped off first.
My organisation is now in transition, working towards a merger and a new CEO has just arrived. I no longer have the flexibility that I had about taking work home etc. I've decided that AD will have to let herself into our house and spend 20 -30 minutes at home before I arrive back from work. She is looking forward to this, I'm concerned that she's not quite ready but accept that I'll probably always think that and have decided to try. I've told AD that she can get herself a snack and play on the iPad (her favourite activity that is usually carefully controlled), but must not try to do any cooking (even toast).
I'd really welcome any advice from those with older children who have already managed the transition to leaving them at home by themselves.