latchkey child

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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)

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From being a latchkey child at age three due to economic necessity, her conflicts with bullies including slur-flinging children and backstabbing secretaries vandalizing her office workplace, to witnessing the cutthroat office politics of a savings and loan firm ("If they think I'm going to teach that college bitch everything I know just so she can take my job, they've got another thing coming" says the woman assigned to train her), to the heavy burderns of family responsibility and duty, One Asian Eye vividly pictures very real personal challenges, and vividly renders the particular difficulties of maintaining Asian culture and heritage in a predominantly non-Asian society.
Clement, a latchkey child whose "mother has grown listless since her husband deserted her," nevertheless
From this arose latchkey (1825) and -- just 50 years ago -- latchkey child, sometimes called doorkey child, the socioeconomic label for "a young child of working parents who must spend part of the day unsupervised (as at home) -- called also latchkey kid" (Merriam-Webster's 10th).
The Latchkey Child Phenomenon, Senate Office of Research, California State Legislature, Sacramento, CA.
The tape begins in an average neighborhood where a latchkey child is home alone.