5293-word Report: Preparing Your Child to Be a Latchkey Kid
- Latchkey Kids and the Law
- Dangers of Being Latchkey
- Benefits of Being a Latchkey Kid
- Maturity Cues That Show Your Child Is Latchkey Ready
- Explaining to Your Child What’s Happening
- Reward Your Children for Good Behavior
- Setting Up Your Emergency Contact Network
- Setting Boundaries and Expectations for Your Child
- Dealing with the Unexpected
Report is available in Docx and Txt formats
BONUS: Reward Chart for Latchkey Kids (in Word format)
You get the Editable PSD file, as well as one flat JPG file, and one 3-D PNG cover with transparent background.
eCourse (10 emails)
- Being a latchkey kid – common effects on younger children
- Being a latchkey kid – common effects on older children
- 10 ways to keep a younger latchkey kid safe and happy
- 10 ways to keep an older latchkey kid safe and happy
- After-school snack ideas for latchkey kids
- Tips for coping with the summer holidays when you have a latchkey child
- Tips on how to cope when you have more than one latchkey child
- Tips for dealing with after-school activities
- Tips for dealing with disapproval from others
- Tips for helping an anxious latchkey child
Snippet of the Report
All over the US, children are going home after school and spending time alone until their parents get home from work. This is what a latchkey kid is. The term came about because they have their own key, usually on a chain hung from their neck, to unlock their home each day when they’re done with school.
They typically have no adult supervision for two to three hours each evening while they wait for their parents to come home. There are more than four million grade-school-aged latchkey kids because there are a lot of dual-income parents and single parents in the workforce today. But this number is down from its high in the 80s when over half of all children were latchkey kids.
It’s very difficult to find affordable childcare for this age group. However, before you choose to let your child become a latchkey kid, there are many things to consider – such as the laws in your area, whether your child is mature enough, and your own financial and emotional situation.