At what age do you allow your child for sleepovers?
Some parent allow their children to spend a night with their friends - sleepover. This is a good idea so that the child can socialize with his/her friend. This is usually done if the parents agreed and the other parent will just supervise the children.
In your opinion, at what age it is appropriate for a parent to allow their children to spend the night with a friend?
If you trust the parent that your child is going to spend the night with, then I believe it should be whenever your child is ready.
I live in a very small town. All the parents know each other from school and from the soccer games..etc..
We exchanged children routinely when my son was little...
It depends on the child. My kids started sleepovers when they were around 2nd/3rd grade for the most part. However, I have one who always felt homesick, so that child didn't do sleepovers at others' homes until probably 4th/5th grade, but did have friends over to our house. I have a 9 y.o. on the autistic spectrum and she still hasn't gone to a sleepover -- I don't really think it would work so well to be honest.
I began with allowing sleepovers at the grandparents and once the child can be away all night, without extra reassurance or cuddles, THEN we consider the overnights at a friends house. It HAD to be a friend that I was well acquainted with the parents, so I knew my child would be safe AND supervised. THEN....we went through the phase of teaching the "you can tell Mom anything and I will believe, understand and protect you!" Once I KNEW they would be strong enough to tell me if they had experienced any trauma, I let them stay with friends that I had met (and approved of their parents). Each child was different....One was off at 7 another not until almost 10 and yet another at 11. The main thing is to make sure you know the child is safe, supervised and prepared.
My children stayed with grandparents or aunts over night since they were infants. Most sleepovers were with cousins at a very young age. My children have never had a problem staying the night anywhere at any age. I have the problem of keeping them home now.
I think it depends on the parents when they are ready to let their children stay over night somewhere. Not all children handing staying places. So it also depends on the childs comfort zone.
Whever the child is ready - usually around 8 or 9 they start to ask to do this but some children are not ready until 10 or 11 and thats just fine too. That's friends anyway but family could start way earlier.
My daughter started to stay overnight at her cousins house when she was 4 years old. She only started to stay overnight in school due to activities when she was 13 years old. She learnt to be independent.
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