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After school playdates in Y5

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Bonsoir Thu 12-Sep-13 17:20:08

My DD, who is 8.10, has just started Y5 (French school). She increasingly wants to go to her best friend's house (or have her best friend over) after school, on the evenings when there aren't extra curricular activities, and would, if she could, have sleepovers on school nights.

I am not keen on her staying out (or having friends over) later than 18:45/19:00. She thinks I am really mean! And her best friend's mother isn't particularly bothered and doesn't mind mid-week sleepovers. They are both hardworking girls who do well at school, but I still think that they need some quiet time in the evening at home with their families.

Am I too strict?

baffledmum Thu 12-Sep-13 20:44:06

I'm with you on the sleepover front. Definitely not mid-week at the moment during term-time. I also have a 6.45pm end time for people coming to play Mon-Thurs, not least because I have been at work and need some quiet time too. Good luck with this, it's not easy for the children to understand I guess.

Bonsoir Thu 12-Sep-13 22:19:02

Thanks for the support!

purpleroses Thu 12-Sep-13 23:03:44

I would usually expect a 7pm pick up or earlier for that age. DD is 10 and has started playing out in the street after school. I make her be home by 7.30.

Mid-week sleepovers only to help a friend out with childcare problems. If they're just for fun then it's the weekend

Bonsoir Fri 13-Sep-13 09:25:33

Thanks! DD's best friend does indeed come to us for sleepovers because her (single) mother is often away on business for extended periods (up to a fortnight) and it makes a break for the nanny/granny care combo if DD's BF can come to us for a bit.

shebird Fri 13-Sep-13 18:09:02

I am with you OP. Playdates are usually with a 645 deadline just to allow for a bit of wind down time for all before bed.
Sleepovers involve little or no sleep and often keep everyone else up so there is no way I would allow them on a school night especially when I also have to get up for work. Weekends at a push but preferably during the holidays. If it helps I am also a mean mum but sometimes I just think you have to do what is best for you and your family even if that involves being the big bad wolf.

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