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 also the author of "A Latchkey Kid's Take on Modern Cinema," a collection of essays and reviews that examines the works of more than 120 directors of contemporary and classic films.
I made a joke earlier in this column about being a latchkey kid. And, while it's true, I did enter an empty house and stare ET-like into an open fridge on weekday afternoons, my mom made the seemingly impossible a reality.
My 22-year-old son was a latchkey kid. I often had to work beyond a 39-hour week.
Her child isn't a latchkey kid. She was, in fact, present when her 2-year-old child was watching a police drama that no 2-year-old could possibly understand, even if it contained not a single shootout.
Data in this population bulletin indicate that in comparison with children of previous generations, today's youngsters are apt to have fewer siblings, and more likely to come from a broken home, have a working mother, and pass time as a latchkey kid. More children are in child care than in the past, and there has been a significant move toward center-based care.