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Letting Your Pre-Teen Stay Home Alone for the Summer Cabot AR

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.

William Wilson
(501) 753-1616
North Little Rock, AR
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Gerontological Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Dena Henderson
(870) 630-3880
Forrest City, AR
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Rehabilitation, School, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

T Polinskey
(479) 783-7931
Fort Smith, AR
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Gerontological Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

William Wilson
(501) 753-1616
North Little Rock, AR
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Gerontological Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Dr. Chandana Becker, PhD, MTI, RPP, SEP
(479) 442-2026
1835 E. Mission Blvd.
Fayetteville, AR
Specialties
Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Divorce,Loss or Grief,Relationship Issues,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
PhD Clinical Psychology University Wyoming 1991, MA Psychology Antioch University West 1978, BA Psychology Boston University 1974, Polarity Therapy Dr Pierre Pannetier 1977-82, RPP/RPE APTA 1990/2003, Somatic Experiencing Dr Peter Levine 1994-98
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Center for Wellbeing

Ms. Connie Grubesich
Connie R. Grubesich
(479) 236-5020
4241 Gabel Dr.
Fayetteville, AR
Credentials
Credentials: L.C.S.W.
Licensed in Arkansas
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Ange
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Sandra Ray
(870) 591-6204
Mountain View, AR
Practice Areas
Career Development, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Melissa Philpot
(501) 686-9141
Little Rock, AR
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Amy M Adams
(479) 437-9916
Center for Psychology and Counseling118 East Sunbridge Drive
Fayetteville, AR
Specialties
Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: University Louisiana, Monroe
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Chantal Karns, LCSW
(479) 790-2324
65 E Sunbridge Drive
Fayetteville, AR
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Domestic Abuse or Violence,Eating Disorders,Loss or Grief,OCD,Parenting
Gender
Female
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
Chantal Karns, LCSW Therapy Services

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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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