LATCHKEY CHILDREN DON'T DO AS WELL

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


Not surprisingly, studies have shown that children with significant amounts of time with no adult supervision (often called latchkey children) demonstrate more delinquent and antisocial behavior than their supervised peers. Given their obvious capabilities for some independence, they need activity leaders; and a ratio of 10-20 children to one activity leader is feasible. Thus, the solution to the latchkey problem does not entail vast sums of money. There are many communities that are now providing such services in after-school programs that are relatively affordable. Money spent today on such a program would more than pay for itself later on because of lower crime rates.


The majority of us can be dreadfully inhumane if we are following directions from a person in authority.

If such after-school programs are not available, then parents may need to reexamine the usual alternatives of relatives, trading with other parents, paid-for activities, paid child care, or split schedules for the two parents. (An alternative for one tow truck driver was to bring his two children with him when out on a tow. I wonder how many companies would allow such? Perhaps companies could change their rules and allow such employees to pay for required additional insurance.) Also, with the explosion of horrific commutes, computers, modems and home work stations, many companies are willing to try out working-at-home arrangements. Unhappily, there are still companies (and other employers such as government agencies) who have yet to realize it may be in their best interests to provide such special arrangements.

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Women, on average, make many life choices that contribute to their incomes being lower than those of men.

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   ARE 97% OF FAMILIES NEUROTIC?
   TRAUMATIZING CHILDREN - 97% OF THEM?
   ARE WE REALLY HUMANE?
   EFFECTIVE PARENTING
   OUR CURRENT FAMILIES BRING OUT OUR SKEWNESS
   MOTHERS CAN BE SEXIST TOO
   MANY MEN STILL ABDICATE THEIR PARENTING ROLES
   WORKING MOMS - ARE THEIR KIDS OK?
   LATCHKEY CHILDREN DON'T DO AS WELL
   THE SEARCH FOR APPROVAL
   THE ELDERLY


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