latchkey child

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latchkey child

n.
A usually school-age child who regularly spends part of the day unsupervised at home while the parents are at work.
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latchkey child

n
a child who has to let himself or herself in at home on returning from school, as his or her parents are out at work
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latch′key child`


n.
a child who must spend part of the day alone and unsupervised, as when the parents are away at work.
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Noun1.latchkey child - a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)
school-age child, schoolchild, pupil - a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
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Whether it is the loss of children left unguarded in a pool or the negligence of leaving latchkey kids at home or even the horrendous marooning of a child in a car or a bus, each such incident underscores a certain loss in connection between parent and child.
Many Gen-Xers grew up as latchkey kids who were forbidden from calling our parents at work unless someone was bleeding to death; Beto and Amy O'Rourke, like their peers, clearly fret over the emotional toll his campaign will take on the family unit.
Gen Xers, currently 39 to 54, initiated the era of the two-income family and rising divorce rates, and latchkey kids became more independent.
Eventually, once the court case did conclude, Tony set up a music studio in Denton, Tameside, where he worked with latchkey kids.
This created latchkey kids, which meant Gen Xers went home after school to an empty house.
[t]his counter-narrative--which was complemented by the emergence of working mothers and latchkey kids during the 1970s and 1980s--ultimately proved ineffectual in terms of diminishing the popularity of the autonomous teen bedroom, as even its most virulent critics were reluctant to turn back the clock to the days of shared bedrooms and heavy-handed acts of parental surveillance.
Their era is marked by disappointment in leaders, "latchkey kids" and more blended and single-parent families.
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.
"We still have lots of latchkey kids in America, and that's not a good thing," says Martin Blank, director of the Coalition for Community Schools, which works to link schools with community resources that can support children and families.