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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He is a keen boy scout and in joining a local troop, befriends Henry, a latch-key kid who is happy to help Ludo live the scout promise.
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.
I was what was called in the eighties a "latch-key kid." Latch-key kids were normal then in Southern California, though it must have been a blip in the history of acceptable ways for raising a child.
As an only child who lived with his working grandparents, Davis was a "latch-key kid" who found himself home alone between the time he left school and dinnertime.
The Utilitarian User," and "The Library Latch-Key Kid") and non-users ("The Low Achiever." "The Home Schooled Kid," and "The Independently Intelligent Kid").
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.
My poor mum worked full time and I used to pile on the guilt by telling everyone I was a latch-key kid. It was very effective way of getting extra toys and chocolate.
In fact, I was a latch-key kid, letting myself into the house from school and getting tea under way).
It is why I am miffed by the concept of 'Kelly hours.' '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.