How to get a 17 year old to stay home alone during the day

Princess - posted on 01/17/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am watching a 17 year old for the week at his house. He would get home a 1/2 hour before I can make it there. But he refuses to stay home alone. He waits at school for 30 min. or until I can pick him up. His school is walking distance from home but he doesn't want to be home alone. Nor will he walk to a friends house and hang out there. Is there something wrong? Would this be a counseling case?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/17/2014

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Well, an indicator would be that you have been asked to babysit a 17 year old. Apparently his parents have never allowed him to be by himself, nor have they allowed him to go anywhere else such as a friend's house.

I feel sorry for the boy, that he's not being given age appropriate opportunities! The best you can do at this point, is adapt to their schedule, if you agreed to watch their kid. Unfortunately, overprotectiveness is not considered detrimental to a child.

I pity anyone who has to deal with him in any capacity at a University or similar situation...having to fight off helicopter parents is a hassle. They definitely aren't doing their kid any favors by treating him like this.

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Princess - posted on 01/21/2014

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Shawnn I agree with you. I suppose he will have to just continue waiting at school until I get there. Is there any proper way to help the parents realize what they are doing to him? I mean, without being mean or aggressive. Thanks.

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