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Old 10-05-2012, 02:45 PM   #21
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I wouldn't let one of mine stay at the house of someone I didn't know, especially at that age. I wasn't doing sleepovers until i was 8 or 9 and it was only with girls I knew really well and my parents knew well.

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Old 10-06-2012, 06:43 AM   #22
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In the situation you presented, the answer would be a quick and flat-out no for us personally.

Our girls didn't sleep over with non-family until around age 10. Most of that had to do with their comfort level. Neither one of them would be allowed to sleep over with anyone with whom we are not good friends. My son is only 5 and he only sleeps over at his aunt's house, mostly because that's the only place he will go without us.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:52 AM   #23
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My 4 year old has, but only with a friend I've known for 15 or 16 years myself and I trust completely. A random friend at homeschool co-op or whatever? Nope...not till 10 probably.
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At age 5 (I'd have to know the parents and child though of course)
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:34 PM   #25
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When I was around 6 I think I started but I never had any homesickness issues. I seriously could have been sent to boarding school my whole school career and would never have missed my parents. It's kind of sad now that I think of it. Anyways, I used to love sleepovers but now that I'm a parent I totally get the nervousness about it. 6 seems so young! I will probably be more easygoing about it when the time comes but SO will be really overprotective I have a feeling.
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My almost 6 year old son went to his first sleepover last weekend, however, he went with his big brother, because we homeschool and the boys have some of the same friends. I know the mom well though and we regularly have play dates. I wouldn't let him go just anywhere.
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My DD was 7 the first time she had a sleepover and I knew the family well.
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I would let my DD go if we'd had a few playdates. She is extremely talkative and a big tattle tale and would let the other girl or her mom know if she isn't ok with something.

We'd have to have a playdate at my house first, so I could get to know the other child without her mom around, probably though. Kids act differently when their parents are around. I'd like to get to know the "real" child that my daughter is friends with.
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Thanks for all of the different perspectives on this. I love seeing how other families work. I always worry that I'm a crazy mom . I think that for the next few years, if we do discuss sleepovers, it will be only with families that we know well and trust. I ended up asking my friend (the one that I had previously said I would feel comfortable sending DD with) what she thought about it yesterday evening and she told me that she considered doing play dates with the same mom and her DD that had invited my DD, but this woman's OWN BROTHER told my friend not to hang out with his sister. He told her that she has random people over at her house (which I already figured since I know some of the really awful moms that she hangs out with) and since she's been single I guess she hangs out with a lot of weird guys. After I heard that I don't know if I'll ever be ok with my DD going over there, so I am definitely trusting my gut on this one.
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I am not big on sleepovers. I would probably just go get my kids but let them stay late like past their bedtime so they feel like it's fun staying up.

If it was a super close friend who I knew VERY well and I knew everyone else that was going to be there (like other people that live in the house), I would consider it but in general I would just prefer my kids sleep at my house. Sleeping over will probably be rare for us.
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