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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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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.
Unlike the latchkey kids of the '70s, many of these recent graduates have grown up in households with hyper-involved parents and overscheduled lives.
While other tenants complained of vandalism I shared cherry tomatoes with latchkey kids. It is amazing how a garden can improve relationships with your neighbors in the toughest of neighborhoods.
This could be a good thing for single mothers, provided they are given flexible work hours that don't turn their children into latchkey kids. The life of a single mum can be a very lonely life - a convivial job mixing with other grown people could be good for her, and would buy a few extra luxuries for the family.
Often the children of two working parents, these former latchkey kids are characterized by insecurity.
With wry humor, "Free for All" (Virgin, 240 pages, $24.95) offers an insider's look at how a would-be sanctuary has become, as his title suggests, a catch-all gathering place where devoted readers are joined by Internet-savvy latchkey kids, semi-homeless misfits and everybody in between.
If they had come up with a way to swell the ranks of the Asbo generation, it is creating a flood of 12-year-old latchkey kids.
"Generation X is more defined by how they're changing family life as opposed to how they're changing work life," says Penelope Trunk, who writes career columns for the Boston Globe and Yahoo Finance and is author of "Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success." Because many Generation X'ers were raised as "latchkey kids" they have a different view of work-life balance: They want to leave work at 5 p.m.
They are often described as latchkey kids and children of divorce.
Having grown up as "latchkey kids" from divorced households, some are inclined to want to foster a 360[degrees] lifestyle.
My heart and head tell me that the commodification of all creation and culture is at the root of most social evils--from global warming to latchkey kids. And the chief means of commodification today is advertising.
A few told us that working moms and latchkey kids were the biggest factors in the obesity of kids.
This generation, many of whom are latchkey kids growing up with mothers who went to work, attach to people, not groups.
A nation of latchkey kids was either being driven mad by angel dust or getting abducted by brainwashing cults.