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Letting Your Pre-Teen Stay Home Alone for the Summer Belen NM

One child may need no guidance at all about using the oven on her own, for example, while another may be safer just making sandwiches for himself at lunch. A child who will end up in front of the television all day needs more direction than one who's more productive with his time.

Ms. Anika Kelso
Santa Fe Supportive Therapy
(505) 795-6868
2074 Galisteo Street B-3
Santa Fe, NM
Credentials
Credentials: LISW, LCSW
Licensed in New Mexico
5 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Gender Identity, Life Transitio
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Aurora Alvarez
CYFD - PSD - I-HS
(575) 882-7900
945 Anthony Dr.
Anthony, NM
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW
Licensed in New Mexico
2 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Child Abuse and Neglect, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
Offenders/Perpetrators
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Ellen Fox
Ellen J. Shabshai Fox, LISW
(505) 699-4312
2400 Calle Amelia
Santa Fe, NM
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in New Mexico
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Phobias
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Suzanne M Lopez
(505) 404-6565
No Limitz Productions Inc9100 Luna Del Oro Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Spirituality, Divorce, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: D.Min. Wisdom University
Year of Graduation: 2009
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Latino, Native American
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$150+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Behavioral Health Systems

Phyllis Zamorski
(505) 296-6708
Albuquerque, NM
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mr. Matthew David
Matthew David, LPCC
(505) 984-5525
1807 Second Street Suite 44
Santa Fe, NM
Credentials
Credentials: MA, LPCC
Licensed in New Mexico
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Anger Management, Men's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Jane Rowland
Jane Rowland LISW
(575) 910-4425
500 N. Main Suite 400-J
Roswell, NM
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in New Mexico
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Rosemary E Clarke
(505) 404-6504
The Relationship Co., Inc7709 Constitution NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Peer Relationships, Divorce
Qualification
School: Boston UNiversity
Year of Graduation: 1971
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$70 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. James Zacharias, PhD, LMFT
(505) 463-3128
3214 Purdue Pl. NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Gay Lesbian Issues,Loss or Grief,Relationship Issues,Sex Therapy
Gender
Male
Education
M.Div. VanderbiltPhD Columbia Pacific University
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
Father and Family Center

Janice Kiehne
(575) 547-2711
Luna, NM
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, School, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified School Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Data Provided by:

Letting Your Pre-Teen Stay Home Alone for the Summer

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Parent & Child

Home Alone this Summer
By Courtesy of ARA Content 
Email
Jun 6, 2006, 10:18

   

(ARA) - Here comes summer and if you're the parent of a pre-teen, you can bet this question is coming, too: "Why can't I stay home by myself this summer?"

How do you know when they're ready to be on their own at home while you're at work? "Part of successful parenting lies in the ability to accurately assess your child's level of maturity," says Dr. James Longhurst, a licensed psychologist for Starr Commonwealth, a child and family services organization founded nearly a century ago. "The foundation for how they will handle themselves was established at day one. If you've been in tune with your child over the years, you'll know when they're ready."

Certainly you'll want to check to see if there are state regulations governing at what age a child can stay home alone, says Longhurst, but your best indicator will be that little voice inside. "If you have concerns, it means you probably should have concerns," he says. "One of a child's developmental stages involves responsibility. Sensitivity to where your child is on the developmental continuum can help you make wise accommodations."

One child may need no guidance at all about using the oven on her own, for example, while another may be safer just making sandwiches for himself at lunch. A child who will end up in front of the television all day needs more direction than one who's more productive with his time.

The point is exhaustive lists of dos and don'ts aren't nearly as helpful as rules that take a child's particular situation into account. "Situational parenting means you offer more or less direction, depending on the situation," says Longhurst. "This kind of flexibility shows your child that you understand who he is and that, in turn, builds confidence and trust."

Emergency procedures, whether or not to allow friends in the house when you're gone, household tasks that need to be accomplished - these are just a few of the issues you and your child should discuss and settle together. Longhurst's highly successful work with troubled youth at Starr Commonwealth has shown him that when kids have an opportunity to help set the rules for their own behavior they end up embracing those rules and living up to the trust placed in them. "Identify the areas up for discussion and then really discuss them. Let kids know you want them to be part of the process," he says.

Longhurst suggests other activities that can help your child have a summer "alone" that helps build family bonds and personal confidence:

∗ Check with your child's school to find out what subject areas they'll be studying in the coming year. Then, get creative. Rent movies that pertain to the subject, for example. "Make activities like watching TV productive rather than consumptive," says Longhurst.

∗ Help them discover a new hobby. If your child is in...

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