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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I made a joke earlier in this column about being a latchkey kid.
Scardino, whose mother died when he was 11, was a latchkey kid from a gang-ridden neighborhood in Venice Beach.
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.
Seth Davis was a latchkey kid growing up in Brooklyn.
Meanwhile, don't count out Morgause, who, were she alive today, would be the woman in a corporation who betrays all womanhood by getting ahead through sex and slander; she raises Mordred (he being the medieval version of a latchkey kid and Morgaine the Arthurian equivalent of a working mom) to be evil, just like her.
He was raised a latchkey kid in a broken home and considers himself blessed to have had baseball intercede as a benevolent baby sitter.