latchkey kid

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latchkey kid

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 kids from down the road. Being a latchkey kid was tough at times, but it taught me the value of self-reliance at an earlier age than most.
See also: kid, latchkey
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He needs to realise that most children inherit their bad habits from over-weight, junk food-infused, alcohol-sozzled parents, now busy raising a third generation of latch-key kids.
Some of us were known as latch-key kids because our fathers were at war and four of our mums worked on the buses as clippies (conductors).
There should be lamentations for the breaking up of the family unit, leading to latch-key kids.
So we should not be surprised if malnourished latch-key kids, surviving on a diet of crisps, sugar water, preservatives, colouring, fat and alcohol have low self-esteem and hyperactive bodies resulting in envy, resentment, antisocial acts, violence and sex.
Likewise, latch-key kids are more likely to get mixed up in juvenile crime.
LATCH-KEY kids or angels with dirty faces, these children could roam free throughout the day and a search party would only be instigated by their parents if their tea was going cold.
People used to worry about what they called the latch-key kids, youngsters who used to come home from school to an empty house and had to amuse themselves for a couple of hours before their parents finished work.
Latch-key kids were normal then in Southern California, though it must have been a blip in the history of acceptable ways for raising a child.
Perhaps it is the active participation of vigilant parents--ubiquitous in the exhibition--who escorted their children to school, who were physically proximate to their kids for most of the day, and who felt that everything from cooking to playing were skills acquired only through parental instruction in a society where latch-key kids and day-care centers were unknown.
GenXers were frequently latch-key kids and children of divorced parents.
It will not kick in until at least 2004, but it aims to stem juvenile crime by keeping the state's estimated one million latch-key kids busy during 3 and 6 p.
Many are latch-key kids who come home from school and, while safe from dangerous streets, watch television, eat junk food, and get little or no exercise.
Millions of children in the developed world, become latch-key kids at the end of the school day.
In addition, a new generation of moms - many who grew up as latch-key kids - is determined to be more involved in their children's lives.
Latch-key kids are sadder and more of a problem than pets left to mope, or strays.