Latch-key kids of the 70s

@coopstar (282)
United States
July 12, 2008 9:31pm CST
I was a latch key kid of the 70s.I did what I wanted,when I wanted.Anyone else? If so what are the pros and cons of the neglect we delt with?
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@bamakelly (5193)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I am forty years old and was a child of the 70's also. I do remember the decade well. I myself was not a latch-key child but I do feel that I know some of the repercussions that could possibly happen. Children of today are dealing with it also. It is a little different time today being that there are much more problems with the economy and such. Both parents need to work alot and children are home alone and coming home from school to find themselves in an empty house with no guidance or a parent to talk to. I feel that this definitely has an affect on a child. Children need alot of attention and affection and need to feel accepted in this world. It is somewhat of a catch-22. Parents need to work to keep the roof on the children's heads and want to give the children their best and can't be two places at once. I am a stay at home mother of a four year old son. For now I am not working but it is possible I could again someday. I just try my best to be there for my son and hope he is happy whether I work or not.
@coopstar (282)
• United States
13 Jul 08
Thanks for your input, Im sure your son will benifit greatly from your guidence.As far as both parents need to work,need is a very strong word.I think there is also alot of parents who want a certin life style at the expence of family time.But as long as guidence ,love,and compation are there we can acomplish alot.
• United States
13 Jul 08
I was also a latch-key kid in the 1970s when my parents were divorced and my mom had to work. I don't know if I would want that for my own kids if I ever had any. I liked the feeling of freedom that I had, but there were some dangerous people around the neighborhood. I think that's why my mom put me in daycare (even though I was older). Also, I think a parent really needs to stay home with a child or teen and interact with them and guide them. But, I know that sometimes it's not always possible for that to happen.
@coopstar (282)
• United States
13 Jul 08
Same for me I loved the freedom, we went on jurneys all over the hood.I think parents should be there for the kids as well, but there is alot of adventures they are missing out there.
@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
13 Jul 08
No I was the reverse, my mum was always home and when I came home from school every day there was a jam sandwich and a glass of milk waiting for me, I guess my mum was a real June Cleaver....
@coopstar (282)
• United States
13 Jul 08
How cool was that,I hope you liked jam sandwiches.