Big Question: My soon to be Kindergartener was invited for a sleepover at her friend's house. She was interested, but I was uncomfortable with the idea and declined. Was I Wrong?
First of all, you should trust your instincts as a parent. No one knows your child better than you; therefore, you are the best person to make a decision about her spending the night away from you. When I was growing up in the fifties and sixties, sleepovers and slumber parties were a rite of passage for junior high and high schoolers. Like everything about modern childhood, activities once the purview of tweens and teens are now introduced at younger and younger ages.
At the very least, fatigue is a huge consideration. Young children need their rest and losing even a few hours sleep (which is just about guaranteed) would be reason enough to decline a sleepover invitation at this age. However, even more important is the question of supervision. Unless the parents hosting your child are practically family -adults whom you and your child know very well and trust - leaving your child in their care would give me pause as well.
When asking parents about their views on sleepovers for children younger than ten, responses are all over the map. Some families with children as young as four allow it, while others are more old school waiting for children to enter the double digits before sending them off for an overnight.
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