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MomsEveryday: Latch Key Children

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We all want what's best for our kids, that includes making sure they have a safe place to go after school. Moms Everyday correspondent Liz Hayes gives us some options.

Latch key children are those who are left home alone after school. These kids face extra challenges, that's why it is important that parents find after school supervision for kids.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, young and middle aged children need supervision and most children are not mature enough to take care of themselves until they're teens.

Parents who have to work should exhaust all options before deciding to allow their  child to be unsupervised after school. Viable options include after school programs and activities perhaps at the child's school, a local YMCA or the Boys and Girls Club.

Parents can also check with local daycare or partner with other parents of school age children.

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