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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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Every day when I got off the bus, I sat on Jack's porch so I wouldn't be a latch key kid and so I wouldn't have to sit alone and talk to myself.
I feel like a hybrid of latch key kid, camp counselor and college freshman, but I no longer lose my keys -- at least when I'm out of the house.
Significantly, the child who visits the library regularly but utilizes it primarily as a social space shows no greater proclivity towards reading ("The Library Latch Key Kid")than their peers who do not frequent the library and similarly lack this parental reinforcement.
Like the library latch key kids, these children also come home to an empty house or are left under the care of an older sibling or to care for younger siblings.
The situation that led to the court order, which she won't discuss, inspired the song Latch Key Kid on her forthcoming album Play To Win.
Where cobbled lanes had wonky walls us latch key kids, thin one and all Would kick at cans, build blanket camps, and jump wa bikes off lofted ramps.
Flowers Foundation selected the Food Bank of South Jersey's Kids Cafe and Snack Zone programs to receive a $5,000 grant to help feed food insecure latch key kids in Gloucester County.
We're just as dedicated to our jobs, but the 1980s bred the original latch key kids and many don't want that for our own children.
* Working moms, divorce, the pill, latch key kids were the norm during their formative years.
Certainly the phenomenon of "latch key kids" should be addressed, but isn't providing stimulating, enjoyable activities for children a parental responsibility?
The scheme is designed to end the culture of latch key kids who leave or go home to empty houses, then hang out on the streets, while their parents are at work.
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Harness Free THIS morn as I awoke I lay, my mind did wander back so far, In time to places where we'd play, when latch key kids, our doors ajar.