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Letting Your Pre-Teen Stay Home Alone for the Summer Severn MD

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. Roslyn Zinner
Family Mediation Services
(410) 672-2237
8288 Telegraph Road Suite A
Odenton, MD
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Credentials: LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
33 Years of Experience
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Deana Albert, LCSW-C/Therapy Speak, LLC.
(443) 393-2148
Parkridge Plaza Bldg 8950 Route 108, Suite # 223
Columbia, MD
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Licensed in Maryland
15 Years of Experience
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Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions
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HelpPro.com
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(410) 730-5081
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 325
Columbia, MD
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Licensed in Maryland
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
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LifePath Counseling Services, LLC
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Columbia, MD
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(410) 647-5956
600 Ridgley Ave., Suite 210
Annapolis, MD
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Stress, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
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(410) 290-8028
6274 Gay Topaz
Columbia, MD
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Licensed in Maryland
25 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Psychosomatic, Men's Issues, Women's Issues
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
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Harbor Mental Health
(410) 544-2287
110 Glen Oban Drive
Arnold, MD
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Licensed in Maryland
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Step Families
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
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Maria Nemec, LCSW-C
(410) 757-9570
1507 Ritchie Highway Suite 102
Arnold, MD
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Credentials: LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Self Abuse, Stress, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Women's Issues
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Children of Divorce, Step Families, Obese or Overweight
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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National Family Resiliency Center
(410) 740-9553
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway 2000 Century Plaza, Suite 121
Columbia, MD
Credentials
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Licensed in Maryland
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
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HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ancient Arts Wellness (Mindful Matters, LLC)
(410) 454-0178
715 Park Ave.
Baltimore, MD
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Licensed in Maryland
5 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), 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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