10/26/2016 04:14 EDT

Latch Key Kids: Signs Your Child Is Ready To Stay Home Alone

Parenting expert Alyson Schafer weighs in.

A big question for parents is: When can kids stay home alone? While many parents worry about the legal ramifications of leaving kids home alone when they are too young, there are also safety concerns.

Parenting expert Alyson Schafer weighs in with the signs that your child is ready for this big leap of independence.

(Now we just need to make sure we are ready!)

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