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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What with mom (Karen Chilton) regularly pulling double-shifts, latchkey kid Drey could use a little substitute parenting--even from Dunne.
over The Latchkey Kid, said what did this frail old lady know about life?
Recalling her own childhood as a latchkey kid, her mother, a computer programmer, went back to work when she was three, she said: "I never wanted that for my daughter.
Ranging between 35 to 50 years old, "Gen Xers" are latchkey kids grown up.
Furthermore, many couples could house and feed their family without both parties being forced to work - latchkey kids were not yet the norm.
There was no way we were going to get fat doing that, but many latchkey kids do so now because they eat more junk food and don't do a two-mile hike three days a week.
Meanwhile, Generation X -- "a generation of latchkey kids that had to do what they needed to survive" -- is practical and cynical and knows how to spot the best deal.
I suspect it's a backlash to the latchkey kids of the 1980s that expects parents - especially moms - to put kids first in all situations.
Older children can benefit from taking part in creative and sporting activities with other children and it can offer safety to children who would otherwise be latchkey kids.
The third group, Generation Xers, was born between 1965 and 1980, and some were latchkey kids.