Latchkey Kid

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A child who arrives home after school, lets him/herself into the house—with a ‘latchkey’—and is unattended until the parents’ arrive from work
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Her first novel An Alien There is None (Thursday's Child) was published in 1960 followed by The Latchkey Kid in 1970, which is now taught in Canadian schools.
The star paints a picture of a pleasant, boisterous household."I was a latchkey kid but it never did me any harm.
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.