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To think 12 is too young for an all nighter?

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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!

PrincessBabyCat Fri 02-May-14 02:28:16

Oh. Just read that he lied. Uh oh.

AwfulMaureen Thu 01-May-14 21:50:13

I just asked DH and he said no. 16 year old lads will be there...taking drugs. shock Speed and the like. OP...he's too young.

AwfulMaureen Thu 01-May-14 21:48:51

I would allow that. 12 is big enough to manage.

SpringItOn Thu 01-May-14 21:43:37

He's not asked about it since he got home. I think his friend must have txt him and told him they've been busted. His friends not allowed to go now anyway for telling porkies.

Nocomet Thu 01-May-14 21:43:25

DDs class pulled all nighters in Y6, OK they were in and out if a hot tub (all girls) not BMX riding, but they didn't drown anyone.

usualsuspectt Thu 01-May-14 21:39:11

I don't think one all nighter will affect his sleep pattern. He's young ,he will be back to normal after Sunday night.

ChippyMinton Thu 01-May-14 21:38:27

I'd want to know who was supervising etc, but would be fine otherwise. DS is the same age and will be out hiking until 4am Saturday, with the Scouts. He will be knackered but will love every minute.

usualsuspectt Thu 01-May-14 21:36:56

Let him go.

HavannaSlife Thu 01-May-14 21:32:53

He's 12 let him if he wants to, we had all night discos at school from age 11.

parentalunit Thu 01-May-14 21:27:28

Oh my goodness, no way I would let my children do this! unless the center are prepared to keep him until his sleep pattern returns to normal

sassysally Thu 01-May-14 21:19:39

My DD had an allnighter at her gym at 7 years old! There was a quiet area with sleeping bags and crash mats for those that wanted to sleep.The first child was asleep at 3.30 but most stayed awake all night!
It was in the school holidays though

Preciousbane Thu 01-May-14 21:19:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

monkeyfacegrace Thu 01-May-14 21:11:30

My dd is called Grace. We told her that she used to be a monkey, we found her in a tree, shaved her body and kept her. So the nickname MonkeyfaceGrace was born. And its been used ever since grin

Oh let the boy go.

SpringItOn Thu 01-May-14 21:03:52

I think it's different to a sleepover princess as he'd be dropping into a bowl on his BMX at 4am grin

SpringItOn Thu 01-May-14 21:00:01

Aggghhh monkeyface now I feel bad! Erm I have to ask about your MN nickname......?

13lucky Thu 01-May-14 20:57:33

Wow, amazed that the majority would say yes. I must be a right rat bag because I think 12 is way too young for this. But then I don't have a 12 year old at the moment

monkeyfacegrace Thu 01-May-14 20:36:26

Oh let him go. He will be so excited. He can sleep on Sunday.

I loved my parents for letting me do stuff like this. We had a pretty much free reign, and were totally trustworthy because of it.

PrincessBabyCat Thu 01-May-14 20:33:03

I give him a lot of freedom but if I let him stay out all night, what's he going to want next!?

If he's generally respectful, this shouldn't be a problem. You know your kid better than us. If you think he'll get into trouble, keep him home. If you know he'll behave and has good friends that stay out of trouble, I don't see the problem.

How is this really any different than a sleep over? Kids stay awake at those all night, and sleep overs have far, far less supervision than a public area. At his age I'd be more worried about him staying at a different parent's house because this is the age that parents start "breaking rules" and allowing their kids to do stuff they shouldn't or they just don't supervise period.

I'd let my kid go, but I'd be setting ground rules (no drinking, sex, drugs, leaving the area, etc..). He has all Sunday to sleep. I wouldn't be giving any sympathy when he was tired Monday and still expect him to get up early, do well in school, and finish hw before going to bed.

Mrsjayy Thu 01-May-14 20:29:38

OH i knew i should have read the full thread wel thats him caught then little buggers they do like to chance their arms,

Mrsjayy Thu 01-May-14 20:28:52


Mrsjayy Thu 01-May-14 20:28:39

spak to the its ok his mum said it was ok first then decide what you are going to say I can't say i would be happy with them unsupervised and it might not even be op to under <whatever age> iyswim

pictish Thu 01-May-14 20:21:24

Fair dos.

SpringItOn Thu 01-May-14 20:19:57

Looks like he's just shot himself in the foot just as I was coming round to the idea. Just got a text from his friends mum, she hadn't agreed, but had told her son to put his name down but it was not a yes until she had more info and had spoken to other parents.
She was told that the other friend they were with had parents agreement (he didnt) so looks like they were all playing us off. Tut. Nice try.

'Busted!' Came her reply! Yup, well and truly!

So it's a no for this time.

Greyhound Thu 01-May-14 19:50:14

Definitely NO from me.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 01-May-14 19:48:03

The trick is to put him to bed first thing in the morning then up early afternoon. He'll be tired and grumpy and then have an early night.....hopefully.

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