Sam’s sitting at his desk waiting for the last period bell to ring and signal the end of his 6th grade English class for the day. His house key rests on his chest, dangling on a necklace that sits underneath his shirt. Sam is a latchkey kid, a child who is at home without supervision for some part of the day, especially after school when his parents are at work.
Latchkey children used to be very common and were predominantly Generation X’ers. Now that they have become adults, however, these same Gen X’ers are more likely not to allow their children to be latchkey. Many of these parents can’t imagine leaving their children alone or allowing them to wander around the neighborhood with their group of friends; risking mischief, danger, or worse. But for many parents, this system is necessary due to their work schedules.
If your child is currently latchkey, you’re considering the option, or you simply want to slowly give your child added responsibility; here is the best approach to keep your kid safe at home and why the latchkey approach could be very rewarding.