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.
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.
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.