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How old for a sleepover?

(6 Posts)
MrscremeEgg Tue 09-Apr-13 18:47:40

With a school friend whose parents you don't know that well?

Dd aged 8 has been invited, wondering what the average age is for this sort of thing.

DoingItForMyself Tue 09-Apr-13 19:14:40

I'd let mine at that age but I'm a slack parent

DS is 8 and he's talking about a sleepover at a friend's. I know his mum but not particularly well. DD is 6 and very confident, so I'd be happy to let her stay with a parent SHE knew well, regardless of how well I know them, as to me that's the more important thing.

Even if it were my best friend, if I didn't think DD would be happy there I wouldn't send her, but she knows other mums better than I do from playing at their house and to me, if I trust them enough to let her go for a play & for dinner I don't see a difference in going to sleep there.

lljkk Tue 09-Apr-13 19:15:17

Never for DC (because they haven't been asked not because I made a rule).

My gut feeling in your situation is to try to get to know the parents better while making arrangements for the sleepover.

Plinkityplonk Tue 09-Apr-13 20:00:07

My ds1 is 8 and I'm not keen on the idea of sleepovers yet although I know a couple of his friends have started to have them. At this age I'd only consider it if I knew the parents well- he's quite shy & I don't think he would be comfortable just yet sleeping away from home. If the situation comes up & he really wanted to go I would consider it but as I mentioned before not if I didn't know the family reasonably well.

BlueChampagne Wed 10-Apr-13 13:10:21

Way back in the slack 70s I started sleepovers age 5 or 6, little sister in tow. With only one family to begin with, who we knew quite well.

Flyonthewindscreen Wed 10-Apr-13 14:13:25

My DD started the occasional sleepover at 7 but only with families I knew well. I would not be happy with my DC going to households I didn't know reasonably well at primary school age. I would be concerned that they would be unhappy about something or want to come home but not feel they knew the friend's parents well enough to speak to them.

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