latchkey kid

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latchkey kid

A child who is home alone after school or in general because their parents or guardians are at 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.
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My poor mum worked full time and I used to pile on the guilt by telling everyone I was a latch-key kid.
I used to joke to Mum that I was a latch-key kid because she worked long hours.
There's "Chimes" Sanborn, a latch-key kid who finds solace and home in a bowling alley.
So imagine my surprise when I remarked how lucky we'd been to have good parents and she started ranting about being a latch-key kid whose father had one fling after another which made her mother ill.
A latch-key kid whose father has taken off and whose mother works two jobs, Trevor first has the idealistic notion of giving shelter to a homeless drug addict, Jerry (James Caviezel), in the garage.
In fact, I was a latch-key kid, letting myself into the house from school and getting tea under way).
Kelly hours' is the catchy Whitehall shorthand for the extra-curriculum activities being suggested by Education Secretary Ruth Kelly as a panacea for the malaise of the modern latch-key kid.
Lorraine wasn't a latch-key kid or an abused child.
Rachel was never a latch-key kid left to her own devices on the street corners of her home town of Cupar, in Fife.
Michelle had been a classic latch-key kid, left at home with her brother and sister as her parents went out to work.
As the country's first latch-key kids, they acquired a quality of independence early on.
The study found that latch-key kids spent the same number of hours watching TV and did a similar amount of exercise as those of stay-at-home mums.
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.