latchkey child

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latchkey child

A school-age child who is unsupervised after school or in general, due to his or her parents being away for work. I know it makes me sound horrible, but I just don't want Tommy hanging out with those latchkey children from down the road. Being a latchkey child was tough at times, but it taught me the value of self-reliance at an earlier age than most.
See also: child, latchkey
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After 19 years of retirement and 27 years in education as a teacher and administrator, I can never forget my abysmal failures in trying to be a surrogate parent, teacher, counselor and confidante for my latch-key children who had no one at home when they left for school and no one at home at the end of their school day.
Meanwhile, an elephant is sitting on the table that Eberstadt fails to notice, namely that the most serious problem of latch-key children is not mother-absence, but father-absence.
He said other factors contribute to the decreasing use of community pools, including television, air conditioning and parents' fear of crime against latch-key children heading out for a dip.
The committee judged current NLC policies on latch-key children, substance abuse and child abuse as being adequate but directed that further information be developed on interstate issues in adoption/foster care and child support enforcement.
Help residents be part of telephone reassurance programs for shut-ins or latch-key children.
He gave speeches about child care, sponsored a conference for corporate CEOs on daycare, appointed to task force and held a conference on latch-key children, and urged local YMCAs, churches, school districts and the like to open after-school facilities.
We are a nation of two-family workers, absentee fathers or mothers and latch-key children.
In the area of children's policy, the committee is charged with examining children's rights, interstate enforcement of child support orders, meeting the needs of latch-key children, and challenges in foster care and adoption.
Caller ID with Name should be especially helpful for people with latch-key children or adults who cannot remember numbers easily," he said.