Latch-key Nation

  1. I know I threw that term out there, and some people talked about latch-key situations as kids. I want to know if I'm right in my understanding of "latch-key." Do you think a latch-key child is one who is left alone sometime between the ages of 3-10 because your parents are away? Or does latch-key refer to parent(s) who have children like you have keys on some kind of portable latch? Just what in the world is a latch-key kid? This term is not used anymore. I feel its a term from the 70's & 80's. No one talks about latch-key today. We all are wrongfully "dropped off" at some time, unless we had perfect parents (a myth).:roll :kiss
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   mother/babyRN
    YOU talked about it...Just now.....
  4. by   mother/babyRN
    Put the key in the latch...Kid has the key to insert in the latch...Mom or dad not there so kid has the key to insert in the latch.....We still have them, only now we also have day care and alternative plans....
  5. by   hapeewendy
    I was a "latch key kid" from 12-15 or so , but then at 16 you call yourself independent

    The name comes from putting your key in the latch because *wahhhhhh sniffle* mommy or daddy isnt there with baked goods to welcome you !

    I'm sure there are more latch key kids than ever
    now , with single parents etc.....

    if only my mom didnt make me wear the damn key around my neck,and once when she was really pissed at me im sure she contemplated giving me the wrong key
    cheers
  6. by   mother/babyRN
    WE actually had the key under a rock marked "key"...Mom said no one would actually BELIEVE someone would put a key in such an obvious place...
  7. by   micro
    i am stuck on the perfect parent one.......hehehehehe
  8. by   Mary Dover
  9. by   mario_ragucci
    Mary - thank you for your link because i enjoyed reading the article very much. I am sorry for cussing in the chat. I didn't read this until after mouthed off. Please forgive me :-(
  10. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    I know I threw that term out there, and some people talked about latch-key situations as kids. I want to know if I'm right in my understanding of "latch-key." Do you think a latch-key child is one who is left alone sometime between the ages of 3-10 because your parents are away? Or does latch-key refer to parent(s) who have children like you have keys on some kind of portable latch? Just what in the world is a latch-key kid? This term is not used anymore. I feel its a term from the 70's & 80's. No one talks about latch-key today. We all are wrongfully "dropped off" at some time, unless we had perfect parents (a myth).:roll :kiss
    >>>>>>>>>>>>Here we go again-"wrongfully dropped off because we head imperfect parents?" It is tough trying to intelligently discuss something with someone whom has based an opinion on a great deal of misinformation-but let's try....The so-called "traditional "family is no longer prevalent(not debating the pro's and con's now-just pointing out the fact) Society needs to accept "family" in all of it's forms and be supportive of it.... we can be referring to single parenting,same sex parents-whatever....Most of us we have the freedom to make choices that work for us as individuals....No longer do we have to portray our selves as the commercial image of"Mother" of "wife"-we can forge our own paths...And no-one has the right to tell us which way we should go-not even our significant others....It is nice when a couple can agree to compromise and raise their family together-but no man can tell "his woman" to get out in the kitchen and rattle those pots and pans unless she lets him control her(Andrea Yares-but that is another thread) There is no rule book for rasing children-the choice a woman (or man) makes to be a stay at home or a working parent is a personal one-and no-one has the right to judge anyone else for their decision.....Now-back to topic-I was a "latch key" kid in the late 60's and through the 70's-which meant I came home to an empty house most days because my mother worked to support our family after my father died at the age of 50.....I don't think it dmaged me-it did make me become independent at an earlier age....My son is 12 and an only child-as a working mother I have had the tendency to overcompensate for not always being here-I would still be cutting his meat at dinner if a well meaning teacher had not enlightened me to that fact.....I work-I enjoy nursing and feel it brings something neccessary to my life.He is given trust and independence and has not let me down.....It has done no harm for him to be responsible in the afternoon after shool-let himself in,do a few chores and start homework.....
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Nicely said ktwlpn!

    Heather
  12. by   mother/babyRN
    Ditto!

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