latchkey child

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latchkey child

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 children from down the road. Being a latchkey child was tough at times, but it taught me the value of self-reliance at an earlier age than most.
See also: child, latchkey
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The latch-key children are often left to their own devices until one or more of their parents come home around 5 or 6 p.
Any teacher struggling to educate latch-key children will tell you that Barr, if he wasn't misunderstood or misquoted, is either a phony, misguided or misinformed.
But Mr Field will tell him that is simply shifting costs to employers and does not tackle the real problem of latch-key children.
Nor did we believe in raising latch-key children by mothers traipsing off to a semi-career, who then justified the behavior with the phony promise of "quality time"--as if this could make up for their absence.
Eberstadt dances around this issue in expressions of concern about unsupervised latch-key children experimenting with sex and the influence of pornography on the internet.
An education department source said more schools are welcoming the clubs which help to solve the problem of latch-key children.
He said other factors contribute to the decreasing use of community pools, including television, air conditioning and parents' fear of crime against latch-key children heading out for a dip.
The committee judged current NLC policies on latch-key children, substance abuse and child abuse as being adequate but directed that further information be developed on interstate issues in adoption/foster care and child support enforcement.
Fetal alcohol-affected children, latch-key children, gifted children, and children from highly stressed families participate in the program.