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Y7 mixed sleepover

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Tzibeleh Sat 22-Nov-14 12:29:48

Dd wants to invite 2 boys and 2 girls to have a sleepover for her 12th birthday party.

Personally, I don't have any issues with them all sleeping in the same room, but I don't know whether other parents would, or whether I'm being naive!


Sparklingbrook Sat 22-Nov-14 12:41:36

I would be absolutely fine with it, but if I were you I guess I would have to discuss it with each parent because some may not like the idea.

Have you an idea that some if the parents involved won't be happy?

Tzibeleh Sat 22-Nov-14 13:04:38

I vaguely know one of the parents only.

Dd and the two friends that I know are still 'young'. I expect that the other two are as well.

Cerisier Sat 22-Nov-14 16:12:08

I think it sounds fine, but agree that you should speak to the other parents. DD16 recently went on a mixed sleepover, it was fine, but I was a bit anxious beforehand.

TeenAndTween Sat 22-Nov-14 16:33:14

Well, I wouldn't be too keen.

Not because at 12 I think anything inappropriate would happen, but because of the precedence setting.

If at any point over the next 5 years you would not let a mixed age sleepover occur / your DD go to one, I would play safe with a 'now you're at secondary sleepovers need to be single sex'.

But I'm probably in the minority, as I also don't like my DDs watching over age films either, which for some strange reason on here most people seem fine about. smile

Sparklingbrook Sat 22-Nov-14 16:45:18

What has watching over age films got to do with 12 year olds having a sleepover?

soaccidentprone Sat 22-Nov-14 16:50:38

I don't think it's a problem.

They will all be 11, going on 12. I think children should be encourage to have friends of the opposite sex without it feeling 'sexual', or girlfriend/boyfriend.

As long as they are all given some privacy to change etc.

Sparklingbrook Sat 22-Nov-14 16:52:56

I have DSs of 15 and 13. If either of them wanted to go on a mixed sleepover it would be fine by me.

soaccidentprone Sat 22-Nov-14 17:00:30

Ds1 (nearly 19) still has mixed sleepovers, which always includes his gf. As Long as you have brought your children up to have clearly defined boundaries of what is and isn't acceptable behaviour.

Sometimes ds1's gf is the only female, but ds1 has always had lots of female friends. His bestie all through secondary was a female.

Honestly, what do you think is going to happen?

There will become a point when it does become uncomfortable, and would not be appropriate.

saintsandpoets Sat 22-Nov-14 17:05:53

Ds1 (nearly 19) still has mixed sleepovers, which always includes his gf.

Thats a bit different isn't it - adults. Adults can do whatever they want.

You know who your son is going to be shagging. He won't be doing it at a sleepover though, he's an adult and can do it anytime he feels like.

Honestly, what do you think is going to happen?

Sexual contact that your kid isn't comfortable with, surely.

Theres nothing wrong in principle, but I have been wary since my then-13 year old sister was mutual masturbated whilst asleep by a 14 year old boy she had trusted previously. It ruined our family for a long time. This was 2007.

Obviously this is very extreme and uncommon - I'm just trying to explain where the concern comes from.

saintsandpoets Sat 22-Nov-14 17:11:32

I'm worried I'm going to get horribly flamed for the above post, so I'm going to clarify. I agree that sex isn't on the agenda for 99% of kids at sleepovers. I agree that the vast majority of kids will be fine.

I was just trying to explain where the concern comes from, and tell you what happened to my family.

I'm not tarring all teenagers with that brush at all. It was the only incident I have ever heard of, it is just so sad that it happened to us and brings up a lot of feelings for me.

I agree with pp - ask the parents beforehand.

CleanLinesSharpEdges Sat 22-Nov-14 17:15:45

I don't think I'd be happy with DS going to a mixed sleepover at that age, can't quite say why, I'll have to have a think about that... but it'd be a no from me.

bigTillyMint Sat 22-Nov-14 17:20:56

Mine (DD15 and DS13) have both been on mixed sleepovers and have had them here (both together with their friends - they all get on) Nothing untoward has gone on AFAIK, but I still feel a little bit worried when they are on mixed sleepovers at other houses.

Heyho111 Sat 22-Nov-14 18:22:46

When mine had mixed sleepovers they all bunked in together. There wasn't a sleep time as they kept chatting all night.
One thing I did do which has nothing to do with it being mixed. Was to have the sleepover on a Friday night. That meant they didn't takeover the whole weekend.

PeaStalks Sat 22-Nov-14 19:19:16

At 12 /13 I let DS1 go to mixed sleepovers. I also made it clear that this did not set a precedent and I would probably not agree to it if he had a gf or was older.
There were lots in Year7 and 8. Many in tents in gardens with a large group. He had some great times. Then they seemed to fizzle out.

Tzibeleh Sat 22-Nov-14 19:21:46

I'm inclined to allow it, and will speak to parents if they have any issues.

constantlyconfused Sat 22-Nov-14 19:25:10

DD has had mixed sleepovers but now wants her new bf to sleepover shock . She can't understand why i won't allow that but have let her male friends stay so guess i made a rod for my own back now as no to bf!Then i get the "god im not going to do anything you think im a tart" which isn't the case but i'm not comfortable with it.
Its a personal choice what you do a tricky one some of her girlfriends recoil in horror at the thought.

Tzibeleh Sat 22-Nov-14 19:25:39

Saintsandpoets - that doesn't sound 'mutual' at all. It sounds like 'sexual assault', and ican see why it would make you feel uneasy.

Unless I know the kids involved very well, I think that mixed sleepovers may become inappropriate between about 13 and 16.

Bowlersarm Sat 22-Nov-14 19:31:12

Like constantlyconfused. Mine all went to mixed sleepovers at that age with no problem. The problem comes at 13/14 when they want the girlfriend to stay over and get cross about being put in separate rooms, because they are used to the mixed sleepovers being perfectly acceptable previously.

Sparklingbrook Sat 22-Nov-14 19:38:46

There is a huge difference between a mixed sleepover and wanting a BF/GF to stay over, they aren't the same thing. grin

mumofthreegirls80 Sun 23-Nov-14 00:27:53

Is it just me? lol! I don't even allow my teens boys who are friends upstairs together! They are 13 and 14 now but never ever allowed it! I think it's too much privacy and would be really concerned about too much alone time! IReally surprised in how many parents allow it shock well I feel a bit over the top now confused

Viviennemary Sun 23-Nov-14 00:32:27

There is no way I would allow this mixed sex sleepover at that age. It would certainly be a no from me.

usualsuspect333 Sun 23-Nov-14 00:32:41

You don't allow your teenagers to have friends of the same sex up stairs?

I'd be fine with a mixed sleepover in year 7 .

usualsuspect333 Sun 23-Nov-14 00:34:09

My kids had mixed sex sleepovers all through their teenage years [bad mum]

mumofthreegirls80 Sun 23-Nov-14 00:47:52

Usualsuspect333 No shock there your kids lol! Everyone has different views on this. Some will and some won't. Doesn't make you bad at all wink

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