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Information from Home Alone article at about.com/health: Keep a close watch on your child and be sensitive to signs of stress associated with this responsibility such as (1) complaints of stomach aches, headaches, or vague illnesses, (2) increase in allergy or asthma attacks, (3) recurring nightmares, (4) moodiness such as being irritable, careless, or listless, (5) a sudden change in work habits or falling behind in school work, (6) talking, even jokingly about committing suicide. Encourage your child to talk about any problems or fears they may be experiencing from being left alone.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|