Questions to Consider Before Giving Your Child Their Own House Key
Giving your child a house key is a big step. Not only is it demonstrating your trust in them but it encourages more independence too. But, when is the best time to proceed to this next step? Every child matures at different times so it’s important that you really think about your decision beforehand.
In this blog, we explain some of the top factors you need to consider before giving your child a house key.
Are they the right age?
12 is a common age for children to receive their first key. According to The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), kids under 12 are usually not mature enough to be left alone for long periods. However, this is also the age they start secondary school when it’s more likely that they’ll be alone after school for a couple of hours.
Are they responsible enough?
Consider how responsible your child is – generally speaking, do they act maturely and responsibly? Having a key is a big responsibility as forgetting to lock the front door or continuously losing their keys could have big consequences. If you’re unsure, build up trust with your child and ask them to do more jobs around the home and prove that they are prepared for having a key.
Do they need a key?
Does your child actually need a key or do they want to be the same as their friends? Think about situations when your child needs to be able to access your home when you are not there. Perhaps you don’t finish work until an hour after school finishes or maybe your child wants more independence during the weekends.
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