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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The 10-for-a-dollar instant noodles have become a staple in the pantry of every starved college student during finals, bachelors, latch-key kids and senior citizens.
As part of his "new family agenda," presidential candidate Al Gore wants to spend an extra $11 billion on afterschool programs for latch-key kids.
19 /PRNewswire/ -- The back-to-school season is here; and for parents of latch-key kids, now is the time to set home-alone safety rules.
Many parents of latch-key kids only have the children answer calls from known numbers, or use Voice Mail or an answering machine to screen calls.
That means millions of latch-key kids spend hours home alone every day.
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.
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.