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Letting Your Pre-Teen Stay Home Alone for the Summer Edmonds WA

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. Carole Danis
Carole Milan Danis, MSW, LICSW
(206) 633-0101
13535 Linden Ave N
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Washington
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Michelle Massey
Roosevelt Associates
(206) 954-5413
9415 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in Washington
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Trauma/P
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Leslie Ora
Leslie T. Ora LICSW
(206) 782-6216
1818 Westlake Ave, N, Suite 312
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Washington
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Joan Golston
Joan C. Golston, DCSW, LICSW
(206) 328-1366
1404 East Yesler Way, Ste. 201
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: DCSW, LICSW
Licensed in Washington
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Forensic, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Phobias,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Immigrants/Refugees, Step Families, Gifted, 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:
Ms. Sherry Henderson
Sherry Henderson MSW
(206) 652-1278
911 Western Ave. #399
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW
Licensed in Washington
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issue
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jennifer Lee
(206) 383-5995
9500 Roosevelt Way NE Suite 206
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Washington
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Parenting Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Simon Connor
Simon S. Connor, MSW, LICSW
(206) 550-6492
2800 East Madison Suite 204
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in Washington
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Lee Holt
Lee R. Holt, LICSW
(206) 281-9215
1800 Westlake Ave. N.,#105
Seattle, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Washington
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Marcia Harms
Bay View Counseling and Consulting
(206) 551-9373
17791 NE Fjord Dr.
Poulsbo, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LMHC, CMHS, GMHS, DMHP
Licensed in Washington
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD, Asperger's Syndrome, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Peggy Nast Hayes
(206) 275-3225
2955 80th Avenue SE Suite 206
Mercer Island, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
Licensed in Washington
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Immigration/
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Cancer Patients, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
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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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