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Old 03-28-2013, 11:09 AM   #11
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I'd go, bedtime here is 7, but it's not a big deal if they stay up a bit later for something special.

The younger child might have a meltdown, but such is life. I have a 5 year old and a 4 year old, they are 13 months apart and there are plenty of things my older child does that my 4 year old doesn't because he is not old enough. He doesn't like it, but it's just the way it is.

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I would, but I wouldn't take the younger child unless I had no other choice. I don't agree with the thinking that younger siblings should go just because the older sibling is.
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With dd1 I wouldn't have. She did not do well with late nights. If she wasn't in bed on time she was miserable. She used to ask to go to bed at other people's houses if we were there after her bedtime. DD2, no problem at all I would take her now and she's only 3.
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My DD1 would be fine, DD2 hard to say. I'm always willing to give it a try unless I'm pretty sure it'll be disaster, but I don't stress about a break in routine here and there because it's never ended up being a huge deal for us
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Nope I wouldn't. Staying up past bedtime especially for a stimulating activity is a no-go for us. Of course my answer is influenced by the fact that my DD has Autism.

If it won't work for your family I say don't go and try not to feel guilty. They'll be other parties that do work out.
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I would take my 5 year old and leave my 3 year old at home.

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Re: would you. . .

I'd go and leave the younger child at home. If that's not possible, then I'd probably just prepare for the meltdown that ensues.
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Unless the inviting child belongs to a family we are friends with and it's a group event, sibling don't attend who weren't invited.

That said, yes, I'd take my 5yo. It's one night. He does fine with changes and regardless of eating a cupcake at 7:30, the jumping would wipe him out.
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I don't have a 5 year old, but I'd take my 3 year old. He has a consistent bed time but does fine staying up later, especially if there's something fun going on. I'd scrape the frosting off his cake, though.
This. I would have my husband come, if possible, so I wasn't dealing with both kids by myself. Is the 3 year old invited to the party, or is it for a classmate of your older child? If that's the case, I'd leave the 3 year old at home. I like others ideas about pajamas in the car, but we ALWAYS take a bath on a day when we've been to a bounce house type place, so it would be a pretty late night. But I'm okay with meltdowns.
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