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Letting Your Pre-Teen Stay Home Alone for the Summer Westbrook ME

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. Joan Marks
(207) 266-9573
345 Cottage Rd
South Portland, ME
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Maine
37 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Gender Identity, Life Transitions, Se
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Marisol Needle
Therapy Services, Marisol Needle, LCSW
(207) 415-1934
293 State Street
Portland, ME
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Tra
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Sally Bowden-Schaible
(207) 856-0090
Westbrook, ME
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Foley, Elaina L. LCSW
(207) 879-9956
33 Ruby Lane
Portland, ME
 
Nancy Shaw
(207) 761-2796
Portland, ME
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Cheryl Berg
(207) 642-5525
5 Orchard Road
Standish, ME
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Maine
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Physical Illness/Impairment, Sexual Abu
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Rick Woodcock
Fresh Start Counseling
(888) 342-8764
333 Lincoln Street Room 102
Saco, ME
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Maine
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Sexu
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers
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:
Ginger Walker, LCPC-C
836 Main St. (2nd fl)
Westbrook, ME
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Depression,Eating Disorders,Loss or Grief,Parenting,Relationship Issues,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
BA Sociology, American University, Washington, DC; MA Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology, Union Institute & University, Brattleboro, VT. Ongoing participation in professional workshops and conferences.
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Integrative Psychotherapy

H. MICHAEL ALPREN, LCPC, LMFT, ESQ.
(207) 576-8580
1863 Washington Avenue
Portland, ME
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Domestic Abuse or Violence,Gay Lesbian Issues,Life Coaching,Loss or Grief,Personality Disorders,Relationship Issues
Education
My education includes a masters degree in counseling from the University of Southern Maine, a B.A. degree in psychology from Bates College, an M.B.A. from Boston College, and a law degree (Juris Doctor) from Boston University.
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
CLINICAL COUNSELING ASSOCIATES OF MAINE, P.A.

Richard Lewis
(207) 662-7114
Portland, ME
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sports Counseling, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
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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