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Letting Your Pre-Teen Stay Home Alone for the Summer Grand Forks ND

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.

Mr. Douglas Hiney Jr
(701) 369-0976
Solution Centered Counseling908 Boyd Dr
Grand Forks, ND
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, Divorce, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University Of North Dakota
Year of Graduation: 1981
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$70 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes

Donna Strandberg
(701) 356-2273
Fargo, ND
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kirby Schmidtgall
(701) 328-8854
Bismarck, ND
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Cynthia Johnson
(701) 356-2273
Fargo, ND
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Francis Connolly
(701) 241-1704
Sentinel Butte, ND
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mr. Danny Whitehead
Blooming Prairie Assessment
(701) 662-8255
211 4th Street NE Suite 4
Devils Lake, ND
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in North Dakota
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Anger Management, Men's Issues
Populations Served
Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Jessie Fuher
(701) 252-9838
Jamestown, ND
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Deborah Anderson
(701) 845-6436
Valley City, ND
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Amber Bach-Gorman
(701) 231-7677
Fargo, ND
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Sara Kenney
(701) 662-8255
Blooming Prairie Assessment & Therapy Center, P.C.211 4Th Street Ne #4Devil
Devils Lake, ND
 
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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 
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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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