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    (Original post by Student_118)
    I'm starting to worry about things like...what if I forget/lose my key and get locked out? (Nobody within 100 miles has a set of my house keys) or What if I set the house on fire? or what if someone breaks in?... My mum did offer for a friend to come stay over and look after me or for our nanny to come check on me every night but I turned it down straight away at the time, feeling totally confident about my stay alone, but now I'm starting to wish I took her up on that.
    Make a spare set lol, give them to a close family friend or relative. Don't set the house on fire? That could happen while your family is home so don't know why you'd be worried. Nobody will break in, just make sure you lock your doors etc. and keep a light on in the house. Keep a phone by you at all times just in case. All set
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    (Original post by welshiee)
    Hire a few escorts and put them on your fathers card.

    If he's a lad he'll understand.
    ^^This.

    I was thinking online shopping and beer.
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    When you're in your home, always have the doors locked.

    Don't tell everyone you're going to be home alone.

    Don't care about wasting electricity by leaving a light on downstairs or upstairs if it makes you feel safer.

    Don't hesitate to hurt someone if they come in unannounced or with bad intentions. (Assess your environment and learn where the heavy objects are.)(If they break your locks you could be sure they came with bad intentions.)

    Don't get worked up about it, or you'll only get worked up even more.
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    (Original post by Alextaylor6)
    Two words, Project X
    That's one word and one letter.

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    (Original post by Student_118)
    So my parents and brothers are going away on holiday without me this summer. it is only because I'm doing a lot of work experience this summer, including the two weeks they are away.

    It will be my first time home alone for such a long time. Sure, I stay at home by myself during the day but I've never spent a night alone in my house or anywhere for that matter. At first I didn't even think about it and wasn't worried at all. I felt like I could get peace and quiet and also be independent for once. I also thought it would be good experience for when I go off to uni in a year or two, but now the time is getting closer, I am starting to feel a little nervous.

    I'm starting to worry about things like...what if I forget/lose my key and get locked out? (Nobody within 100 miles has a set of my house keys) or What if I set the house on fire? or what if someone breaks in?... My mum did offer for a friend to come stay over and look after me or for our nanny to come check on me every night but I turned it down straight away at the time, feeling totally confident about my stay alone, but now I'm starting to wish I took her up on that.

    I'm just starting to panic a little. How can I calm and comfort myself? Especially during those weeks when I will be at home late at night all by myself?
    It's not too late to talk to your mum and say you've changed your mind and would prefer one of the options she suggested about an adult checking in with you regularly. It's in both your and your mum's best interest that you feel safe and looked after.

    As for in the case of an emergency, if necessary call 999. It's happened to me before when my parents were away, I came upstairs to find a locked bathroom when only me and my sister were home and neither of us were in it. The police came really quickly and thankfully it was just a false alarm - our lock had gotten loose and turned by itself. It might be an idea for you to look up some numbers to call just in case certain things occur (e.g. The number for a reliable locksmith if you get locked out, or maybe ask your parents to make a second copy of your house key and hide it somewhere outside your house so you can get in if you forget your own keys).

    I've been home alone this year a lot because I'm on a gap year so I've grown accustomed to hearing creaks and random noises. My theory is, the majority of the time if a person is actually breaking into your house as soon as they hear you making a lot of noise, they'll escape (not every robber is also a murderer) so I tend to make some noise (sing, or send a document to the printer to be printed which can be heard throughout the house). Don't be aggressive, just make your presence known.

    That's all I can help in terms of advice, but seriously, this worry can be easily solved by you telling your mum you've changed your mind and would prefer someone to check in with you!

    I hope it's helped
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    (Original post by welshiee)
    That's one word and one letter.

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    I knew someone would say this 🙄😂 you know what I mean fam
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    (Original post by PrincessBO$$)
    Text your friends or parent or talk to them on the phone nonstop
    Hopefully you will feel less scared.
    Where r u doing work experience btw?
    Hi, im interested in veterinary medicine so I'm having to gather up a load of work experience this summer. The two weeks my family are gone, I'm working on a dairy farm

    And thanks everyone, your tips really help. I figured I'd have to go through it one day so it would be good "practice". I always thought I was quite an independent person but now the time is getting sooner, maybe I'm not so independent just yet
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    (Original post by Student_118)
    Hi, im interested in veterinary medicine so I'm having to gather up a load of work experience this summer. The two weeks my family are gone, I'm working on a dairy farm

    And thanks everyone, your tips really help. I figured I'd have to go through it one day so it would be good "practice". I always thought I was quite an independent person but now the time is getting sooner, maybe I'm not so independent just yet
    Have fun doing WE. Should be fun and interesting.You'll be fine alone! Don't worry..just keep calm. You should get over it after the first day or two.
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    Hide a set of keys in the garden or get the family to buy a key safe which goes on the outside wall.
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    Have a routine before bed and leaving the house. Check the gas on the oven by saying off, off, off, off etc as you look at each switch. Check the taps. Check the windows. Walk out the door confident that the house will not burn down.

    Leave the TV on if you are nervous. Close the curtains but leave a bit of a space so that people outside can see the flickering TV light.

    Turn on radio 4 - lots of voices. It hides the creaking of the house moving and freaking you out.

    Keep your phone with you all the time. Confidence.

    You will forget being worried and realise that you are soooo boooored without other humans.

    Walk about naked and eat crisps off your stomach. Use your belly button to store the dip.

    Eat bad food (no deep frying) and leave the dishes out for a day or two, because you can.

    See how many clothes pegs you can stand pinched onto your face.

    Go crazy on the internet. Seek support from TSR.
 
 
 
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