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Letting Your Pre-Teen Stay Home Alone for the Summer Mankato MN

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.

Julie Boertje
(507) 216-7792
Creative Counseling Solutions510 Long Street
Mankato, MN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Domestic Abuse
Qualification
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Mr. Harry Greenberg
Infinite Aperture Counseling
(612) 870-9418
2435 Garfield Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN
Credentials
Credentials: LGSW
Licensed in Minnesota
4 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Couple or Marital Issues, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Anger Management, Men's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Dr. C. Walker
C. William Walker, Ph.D.
(320) 354-4489
128 Pine St
New London, MN
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D
Licensed in Minnesota
40 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Physical Illness/Impairment, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Personality Disorde
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com

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Ms. Linda Gensheimer
Linda Gensheimer, Psychotherapy, Supervision & Consulting Services
(612) 875-1121
2908 Humboldt Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW, PhD
Licensed in Minnesota
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientation,
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Sherry Machen
(952) 473-0668
339 Barry Ave S. #201
Wayzata, MN
Credentials
Credentials: PH.D., L.P.
Licensed in Minnesota
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jan Weber
Therapy Place Services
(952) 380-8515
10800 Lyndale Avenue South
Bloomington, MN
Credentials
Credentials: MSW LICSW
Licensed in Minnesota
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Career/Employment Concerns, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Spiritual/Religio
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Biracial, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Elizabeth Hubbard Brady
Elizabeth Hubbard Brady,MSW,LICSW,LLC.
(651) 523-8800
1619 Dayton Avenue Suite 110
St.Paul, MN
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW,MSW,LICSW
Licensed in Minnesota
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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The Center for Relationship Therapy
(612) 379-8750
1135 5th Street, Northeast
Minneapolis, MN
Services
Yoga, Wellness Training, Weight Management, Substance Abuse, Stress Management, Sex Therapy, Reiki, Psychotherapy, Physical Exercise, Pain Management, Other, Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, Guided Imagery, Family Therapy, EFT, EMDR, Dreamwork Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Breathwork, Addiction
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

Data Provided by:
Ms. Helen Boy
Wellness Initiatives Network, LLC
(952) 406-1090
11900 Wayzata Boulevard Suite 209
Minnetonka, MN
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW, LADC
Licensed in Minnesota
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Rel
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Stephanie Tkach
Stephanie Tkach, LICSW
(612) 558-6760
2908 Humboldt Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Minnesota
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Anger Management
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

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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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