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I was left home alone everyday after school from age 9 on, with two younger siblings.  I remember this being pretty normal for older millennials (I'm 38), although the school system did offer an after school daycare called, oddly enough, "latch key" where you could pick your kids up at 530.

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3 hours ago, larrytheimp said:

I was left home alone everyday after school from age 9 on, with two younger siblings.  I remember this being pretty normal for older millennials (I'm 38), although the school system did offer an after school daycare called, oddly enough, "latch key" where you could pick your kids up at 530.

Yep I remember those days of getting off the bus and going to the kitchen and teaching myself how to cook all kinds of afternoon snacks till Mom got home at 5:30.

I was totally unbothered by it, it taught me self reliance. We had incredibly more free rein and independence compared to this day and age it seems.

Then again I grew up in a village where you could leave your empty vehicle running on Main St and it would likely still be there for as long as it took to run out of gas.

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We didn’t have to have a key to the house simply because no one locked their doors in our small town.

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So much this. I don't think I ever had a house key till I went away to college. That's the way the Midwest was and still is, in some areas.

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On 7/3/2021 at 1:57 PM, DMC said:

I've never really thought about the latchkey thing before but I guess I kinda had it.  My mom didn't go back to work til I was around 12-13, but she often was busy.  And I definitely needed to go next door to get the spare key after school at a pretty young.  I guess the key thing is in terms of idyllic suburban child rearing, especially during summer but really most of the time, the parents expected the kids to take care of or at least entertain themselves.  You'd be off playing outside with the neighborhood kids making up games or doing some Stand By Me shit.  I think, but don't know, that kinda got killed with the emergence of the internet, etc.  So I suppose in that way more "geriatric" millennials have more in common with Gen Xers.

ETA:  I will say I never had the thing where my parents were gone before I woke up.  But maybe that's cuz school started early where I was?  Usually had to be up by 6-630, and most non-farmers aren't gone by then.

There is a whole concept of Xennials to describe the folks between 1977 and 1983 or so (a little micro generation).  It actually fits pretty well. I will say my (old boomer/young silent generation) parents sort of hovered (wait for the pun) between helicopter parenting and benign neglect.  

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15 hours ago, Mlle. Zabzie said:

I will say my (old boomer/young silent generation) parents sort of hovered (wait for the pun) between helicopter parenting and benign neglect.  

Minus that, I think I'll probably say the same 2 decades from now. If I'm alive. 

They've best intentions at heart, but that's what the road to hell is paved with 

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Who am I paraphrasing-quoting by the way? 

Regards 

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2 hours ago, The_Lone_Wolf said:

Minus that, I think I'll probably say the same 2 decades from now. If I'm alive. 

They've best intentions at heart, but that's what the road to hell is paved with 

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Who am I paraphrasing-quoting by the way? 

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Mark Twain

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