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Letting Your Pre-Teen Stay Home Alone for the Summer Columbia TN

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.

Renee Leach
Columbia, TN
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Dana Vince
Healing Hearts Counseling
(865) 283-1777
123 Center Park Drive
Knoxville, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LPC, MHSP
Licensed in Tennessee
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Women's Issues, Postpartum Depression
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Daviid Wright
(615) 383-5558
2323 21st Avenue South Suite 304
Nashville, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Tennessee
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Anger Management
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Donna Southworth
Donna Southworth, LCSW
(615) 370-8473
7003 Chadwick Dr., Suite 152 P. O. Box 2371
Brentwood, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Tennessee
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Nathan Jernigan
(615) 896-1305
Murfreesboro, TN
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Susan Hutchinson
The Counseling Center
(901) 487-0238
Lockett Street
Memphis, TN
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in Tennessee
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Betsy Mandel-Carley
Betsy Mandel-Carley LCSW
(901) 683-1422
5350 Poplar Ave Suite 314
Memphis, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, LMFT
Licensed in Tennessee
40 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Life Transitions, Sexuality Issues, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Rhonda Johnson
Rhonda D. Johnson, L.C.S.W.
(615) 848-0065
511 Highland Terrace
Murfreesboro, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Tennessee
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Barbara Johnson
(931) 528-4150
729 S. Jefferson Ave. P. O. Box 3623
Cookeville, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Tennessee
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD, Attachment Disorders
Populations Served
Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Kendall Bryan
Lebanon, TN
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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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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