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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Of course, there have been generations of latchkey kids in the modern era as family survival often requires that children - perhaps as young as 9 or 10 years of age - make their way home from school or otherwise fend for themselves while their parents or parent finish the workday.
The trio is rallying friends and acquaintances to help LA's BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) - a citywide, after-school enrichment program - continue to grow and prosper for the next generation of latchkey kids.
While other tenants complained of vandalism I shared cherry tomatoes with latchkey kids.
This could be a good thing for single mothers, provided they are given flexible work hours that don't turn their children into latchkey kids.
Often the children of two working parents, these former latchkey kids are characterized by insecurity.
95) offers an insider's look at how a would-be sanctuary has become, as his title suggests, a catch-all gathering place where devoted readers are joined by Internet-savvy latchkey kids, semi-homeless misfits and everybody in between.
If they had come up with a way to swell the ranks of the Asbo generation, it is creating a flood of 12-year-old latchkey kids.
They are often described as latchkey kids and children of divorce.
My heart and head tell me that the commodification of all creation and culture is at the root of most social evils--from global warming to latchkey kids.
A few told us that working moms and latchkey kids were the biggest factors in the obesity of kids.
This generation, many of whom are latchkey kids growing up with mothers who went to work, attach to people, not groups.
A nation of latchkey kids was either being driven mad by angel dust or getting abducted by brainwashing cults.
Cockett has been involved in youth work since she volunteered in a centre for latchkey kids as a 15-year-old in the late Seventies.
This means many children are latchkey kids, unsupervised for many hours per week.