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twoforthepriceofone22 Sat 22-Apr-17 14:57:30

Hi! Just wondered if anybody can tell me at what age they would or have left their child alone at a birthday party.
My 4.5 ds is insistent that this is the done thing for his age, but I'm a bit hmmas he seems a bit young and I was looking forward to having birthday cake and a natter.
What do you think?

Cantseethewoods Sat 22-Apr-17 15:00:01

DD is 4 ( in reception). Drop off is fine but not universal. I play it by ear.

It also depends where the party is. In public places parents tend to stay well beyond that.

usernumbernine Sat 22-Apr-17 15:00:08

Where I live a 4.5 would beat school and definitely be left. Anything from about 4 up the kids are left. But there's likely to be a wide vairiance in this because I've seen here on MN that some parents seem to stay until their kids are considerably older.

Kanga59 Tue 25-Apr-17 22:19:20

Y1 parent here and the majority of parents still stay.

MarklahMarklah Tue 25-Apr-17 22:23:12

From age 3 for me, but DD's quite independent and confident.

Chuckading Tue 25-Apr-17 22:26:09

My DS is 5, I've been expected to stay with him at all his parties this year. When I had his bday party a few months ago, I had one mum ask if she could leave her dc and go. I said no, simply as there were 30kids in a public hall (along with over 30 parents) and no way of locking them in. I was worried I wouldn't notice if one decided to leave! confused

dannyboyle Tue 25-Apr-17 22:35:39

Year 1 parent, all parties here still have a parent with each child. Only exception is when another parent takes responsibility for someone elses child, however that is nothing to do with the host.

If I had a reception party I would be shocked if someone left their child without proper prior arrangement.

Lochan Tue 25-Apr-17 22:37:34

In our area the stand is drop off from Primary one (so four or five).

CaulkheadNorth Tue 25-Apr-17 22:39:59

Standard to drop off here from about Christmas of reception, unless specifically put on the invite (i.e. Ice skating party)

twoforthepriceofone22 Tue 25-Apr-17 22:39:59

Thanks for the replies, quite a difference in opinions. I have asked party mum what she wants and she said I'm fine to go..... Think I'll see how I feel on Saturday hmm

3boys3dogshelp Tue 25-Apr-17 22:43:06

Usually y1 up here - and in y1 only if you know the birthday child's parents a bit /they know your child a bit. Y2 you can hear a car door open outside then the screech of tires as the parent escapes makes the most of two hours of freedom grin

PhyllisWig Tue 25-Apr-17 22:43:10

Dds are y2 and it's still a mix. We stayed at a swimming party which made sense due to changing. I drop at parties in people's houses and 50/50 if they are church hall type parties. I am slack though, lots of others still stay to everything.

NotCitrus Tue 25-Apr-17 23:04:31

Reception here - parents who knew me and dd left their kids, ones who had never met me to speak to all stayed. In Y1 had about 3 parents stay, one as child got clingy, other two as their kids got shy and forgot English. Ds first got dropped off age 3.5 but host was a primary teacher. Now we need a parent to attend in case he has a meltdown (though he hasn't been invited to big parties since one in Y2, partly as small groups are now the done thing)

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