Kelly Wallace is CNN's digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. CNN When I was 12, my mom started working full-time. There wasn't the money to hire a sitter for those after-school hours, nor even the thought of it. No one in my neighborhood, a small working-class community in Brooklyn, did that. So I would walk home from school, and then my older sister and I would take care of our younger sister, who is six years younger than I am, when she got home from school, until Mom came home by dinnertime.
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The latchkey generation—also known as Generation X—was raised by working parents who left them alone after school. We consider the implications. But how bad was life as a latchkey kid, anyway? Not so bad, wrote B. In a four-year longitudinal study, Belle and colleagues looked at families with parents who were employed full-time and had at least one child in elementary school.
Top definition. A minor , left at home unsupervised while the parents are out or away; also called latchkey. The average amount of time a latchkey kid is home alone either before or after school is approximately two to three hours. Aug 4 Word of the Day. Every household should have a few gallons. A child usually younger like age who comes home usually from school to an empty house and is left unsupervised and to fend for themselves until someone older comes home to watch over them. This is usually done for hours. The key is typically worn around the neck or kept in a hidden area of the book bag but is also sometimes hidden under a door mat of the house, or in some other hidden location near the door. See also: child neglect. Every day little Stephen has to come home to an empty house and raise himself from
More than a million grade-schoolers have nobody to take care of them once class lets out. Where have all the after-school programs gone? On Monday and Friday afternoons, 9-year-old Joey would sling a backpack across his shoulder and walk five blocks from his grade school to his home. The fourth-grader carefully opened the front door and locked it behind him. He made a snack, then switched on the TV as he waited the three hours for his mom to get off work. Sometimes he got scared being by himself.