A look at finding after school childcare solutions for the older kid.
As working parents, after school childcare can be difficult to find, and expensive. An option for some families is having their child or 11 or so, spend a couple of hours home alone as a latchkey kid, which can have it’s up and downs says Michael Thompson, Author of Homesick and Happy. “I think being a latchkey kid is a mixed bag, but if it’s a necessity for a family, what you say to your child is ‘I really respect and appreciate that you do this. This family couldn’t run without you taking on this responsibility’.” Having a child spend time home alone is sometimes the only viable solution.” I think most parents would prefer not to have a latchkey kid, so they’re usually stuck in an economic situation where it’s the only viable course. But I do think that adults who have been latchkey kids often say, ‘I looked after my younger brother or sister and I became more responsible because I was a latchkey kid.
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