To think 12 is too young for an all nighter?

(53 Posts)
SpringItOn Thu 01-May-14 18:16:59

DS has just phoned me from the local indoor skate/BMX park. he wants to go to an all nighter, 9pm to 9am for his friends 12th birthday. Sounds like theyve just seen a flyer for it down there but apparently his friends mum has said its ok. AIBU to think 12 is way too young for an all nighter? The staff are lovely and so are the other guys who go, but, I think he's too young and have said no. He'll be completely knackered for days afterwards.

He is not a happy skate boy!

arethereanyleftatall Thu 01-May-14 18:18:49

Do you mean they skate all night?

HeadfirstForTHiddy Thu 01-May-14 18:20:28

I would probably say yes tbh, as a one off.

HeadfirstForTHiddy Thu 01-May-14 18:21:05

He would be on early nights for a week as part of the deal though.

HeadfirstForTHiddy Thu 01-May-14 18:21:53

I can see why you and other parents might not be keen, mind.

SpringBreaker Thu 01-May-14 18:21:59

I would want to know how well supervised it was and the ages of the others there

I have a 12 year old DS and it wouldn't be a straight no. I would want to know who else is going, supervision etc.

Deftones Thu 01-May-14 18:23:45

I'd say yes to it, but then I was a skater and knew many skaters and there were plenty of all nighters

Andrewofgg Thu 01-May-14 18:25:30

On a Thursday night with school the next day? You have got to be boring and say No and mean No.

AlpacaLypse Thu 01-May-14 18:27:28

apparently his friend's mum says it's okay

I'd want to speak to her face to face!

WowOoo Thu 01-May-14 18:28:16

I'd compromise and say he can do a half nighter as long as it was on a Friday and he had the weekend to catch up on sleep.

Or just say no!

cardibach Thu 01-May-14 18:28:22

I'd want more info, but wouldn't say no on the grounds of tiredness. Early nights before and after would sort that. However, it might attract an unsuitable (to mix with 12 year olds) crowd and I'd want to know more about entry policy, supervision and intended participants.

SpringItOn Thu 01-May-14 18:32:54

No, it's on a Saturday night. So mixed responses! Yes they skateboard or BMX all night. He's pleading via text at the moment as there are only limited places. Had a quick word with DH, he's of the same opinion that it's probably aimed at older teens rather than 12 year olds.

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Thu 01-May-14 18:33:17

It depends what day it is. If it is on a Saturday I would think about it. He could have a lie in on the Saturday till around lunchtime, and then he could go straight to bed on coming home and have a lazy day all sunday and go to bed early. Treat it like a night shift.

Any other day I think it would be a no.

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Thu 01-May-14 18:35:43

sorry cross posted. I think I would insist on meeting the other childs mum and insuring that there will be adequate supervision. I would also consider me or DH being there to supervise for at least an hour or 2.

I think I would consider it for a 12yo in the school holidays (or possibly the Saturday before a Bank Holiday), but not on a regular Saturday night.

SpringItOn Thu 01-May-14 18:38:35

I'm not too worried about the crowd it will attract, the older skateboarders are always good with the younger ones, it restored my faith in teen boys when my DS was a beginner age 7/8. I think it's more about too much too young. I give him a lot of freedom but if I let him stay out all night, what's he going to want next!?

bigdeal Thu 01-May-14 18:43:29

it would depend on supervision for me , if that was all ok it would be a yes, would rather mine did that than being on the laptop all night .

Is it possible to ring the skate place and ask about it?

I don't think by letting him do this it's too much too soon though, he will have a great time by the sound of it.

littleblackno Thu 01-May-14 18:44:57

I would probably say yes if I was happy with the set up regarding supervision etc. My ds (8) and dd (6) are starting to do things with cubs and beavers, camps etc, they are not technically supposed to be up all night but get very little sleep and are fine after a few early nights. They get a lot out of it and really enjoy it even if they are grumpy the next day.

SpringItOn Thu 01-May-14 18:55:00

Ok maybe IABU then grin

I think littleblackno makes a good point re younger ones being allowed to camp out etc. I'll see what other info I can find out re supervision.

SaucyJack Thu 01-May-14 19:02:26

I reckon all night might be pushing it- but you could arrange to pick him up at 1 or 2?

VivaLeBeaver Thu 01-May-14 19:11:54

Dd's school did a sports all nighter when she was in Year 7. They could sleep in a corner if they got tired. I got a phone call at 1am to come and get her. grin

I'd let him.

pictish Thu 01-May-14 19:13:55

Assuming they will be safe and supervised, I'd say yes. I have a boy of 12 and a half, and he'd love to do something like this.

Preciousbane Thu 01-May-14 19:18:45

Probably fine with further info.

I was shock because I thought an actual all nighter in a disused ex military building where lots of people dropped acid and your friend drives in to a ditch. Well that was the last all nighter I went to anyway.

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