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would you let your 9 year old sleep in a tent in someone else's garden?

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BastardGoDarkly Thu 20-Apr-17 13:41:32

Thinking of sleep over for ds 10th birthday, and he suggested this, I said I'd think about it.

Would you agree to an invite like that?

My bedroom window opens onto the garden, so I'd be able to hear very clearly, if that makes a difference.

justanotheryoungmother Thu 20-Apr-17 13:50:44

I'd personally have no problems with this given the fact you'd be home and can hear them, the door was unlocked in case they needed to get back in etc smile

MrsPinkCock Thu 20-Apr-17 13:50:59

Heeeeeeeeell no!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 20-Apr-17 13:52:31

That sounds awesome! I'd agree for DD in a flash.

SuburbanRhonda Thu 20-Apr-17 13:52:57

Yes of course - sounds great fun.

Be aware none of them will get any sleep though!

CassandraAusten Thu 20-Apr-17 13:53:43

Yes I would.

retainertrainer Thu 20-Apr-17 14:00:10

I would but I'd give them a torch and a whistle.

ILookedintheWater Thu 20-Apr-17 14:04:21

At that age, depending how secure the garden is, I'd be tempted to camp out too in a 2-man alongside the main festivities, just in case anyone needs you. So stay inside until they are down to whispers and then go off to bed yourself, but in the garden.

DearMrDilkington Thu 20-Apr-17 14:06:47

Yes, I'd have no issue with this.

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Thu 20-Apr-17 14:07:12

Any wildlife concerns in your area? (We have urban coyotes, raccoons, possums and all sorts).

You would also have to leave your back door unlocked for toilet access.

But I think it's a great idea!

LouKout Thu 20-Apr-17 14:07:53

Not at 9

CheeseandGherkins Thu 20-Apr-17 14:09:13

Not a chance.

ImLadybird Thu 20-Apr-17 14:11:58

No, sorry. As teenagers we did but nine is far too young imo.

LovingLola Thu 20-Apr-17 14:13:14

No way. Not at that age.
Google Sophie Hook.

Occadodo Thu 20-Apr-17 14:13:59

Our DS9 and DD6 spent most of last summer holidays in a tent in our garden. We live in the countryside though and our garden has an 8 ft fence with a locked gate. We give them a light, DVD player, clock and books. They also have a torch and we leave the outdoor light on and patio doors open.
If one comes in then they both have to come in!
They absolutely love it!

expatinscotland Thu 20-Apr-17 14:15:20

No, not unless an adult was out there with them.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 20-Apr-17 14:16:54

Yes, if I knew your garden was secure.

Maggy74653 Thu 20-Apr-17 14:17:20

For me it would depend on the garden situation and how secure it was.

metalmum15 Thu 20-Apr-17 14:21:12

Not without an adult with them, no. You have no idea who might be snooping round at night. No garden is fully secure. Also, surely you would have to leave doors unlocked in case they wanted to come inside?

metalmum15 Thu 20-Apr-17 14:21:14

Not without an adult with them, no. You have no idea who might be snooping round at night. No garden is fully secure. Also, surely you would have to leave doors unlocked in case they wanted to come inside?

MirriMazDuur Thu 20-Apr-17 14:22:15

Fuck, no.

unicornsIlovethem Thu 20-Apr-17 14:23:07

It would depend on the security of the garden. My garden has a very high wall and you can only access it through the house. I'd have no problem with a garden like that.

heron98 Thu 20-Apr-17 14:24:59

I would. I am very surprised others wouldn't. Why on earth not? They're not babies.

ShowOfHands Thu 20-Apr-17 14:25:22

I wouldn't have a problem with it at all. In fact, 9yo DD camps in her best friend's garden sometimes.

Believeitornot Thu 20-Apr-17 14:27:15

Sophie Hook scenario - they had an alley running along the back of the garden and the alley was not secure.

My garden is surrounded by other gardens and we have the odd cat visit but that's it. Our back gate is locked with a padlock and we have movement activated lights - so yes I'd let kids sleep in mine.

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