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.
See also: kid, latchkey
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Where cobbled lanes had wonky walls us latch key kids, thin one and all Would kick at cans, build blanket camps, and jump wa bikes off lofted ramps.
Flowers Foundation selected the Food Bank of South Jersey's Kids Cafe and Snack Zone programs to receive a $5,000 grant to help feed food insecure latch key kids in Gloucester County.
We're just as dedicated to our jobs, but the 1980s bred the original latch key kids and many don't want that for our own children.
* Working moms, divorce, the pill, latch key kids were the norm during their formative years.
Certainly the phenomenon of "latch key kids" should be addressed, but isn't providing stimulating, enjoyable activities for children a parental responsibility?
The scheme is designed to end the culture of latch key kids who leave or go home to empty houses, then hang out on the streets, while their parents are at work.