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What age did your child spend the night away from home MommyBearTo4 Fenton, MO, United States 344 posts
Apr 26th '17

Other than with family? DS (5 yrs old) has been asked to spend the night at a friends house from school. Said friend has been to our house once and then we had one park play date. Would you let your child go? 

bia. Due December 26 (boy); 3 kids; ., ., Portugal 102621 posts
Apr 26th '17

My DD1 was a month away from turning 8. 5 is too young for me, family? Fine. Friend? Nah. 

bia. Due December 26 (boy); 3 kids; ., ., Portugal 102621 posts
Apr 26th '17

Quoting bia.:
My DD1 was a month away from turning 8. 5 is too young for me, family? Fine. Friend? Nah. 


Unless like, I super super super knew them..knew them as in, friends with the parents for years. 

~a girl and a boy~ 2 kids; ,, IA, United States 61170 posts
Apr 26th '17

Quoting bia.:
My DD1 was a month away from turning 8. 5 is too young for me, family? Fine. Friend? Nah. 


I agree with this!  Five is too young.  DD was 8 almost 9 before she spent the night away at a friends. 

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
Apr 26th '17

I don't trust anyone these days. I probably would want to get to know the family better first. Even then, I'm still skeptical. 

deadpool 4 kids; 2 angel babies; United States 178 posts
Apr 26th '17

Like 2 but it was with my best friend. 

MommyBearTo4 Fenton, MO, United States 344 posts
Apr 26th '17

I agree with most all of you. I was wondering if I was too crazy lol DS didn't even spend the night with family until he was like 2! I know, I know, a bit much I'm sure. Anyways.... I spoke with the mom and she was super understanding! 

Klaus 2 kids; Mississippi 27174 posts
Apr 26th '17

Ds1 has spent the night with his friend next door a couple of times over the last year. He was 7 the first time... But that's next door. Plus I work with the mom and his dad is dh's childhood best friend so... Basically family. 

bia. Due December 26 (boy); 3 kids; ., ., Portugal 102621 posts
Apr 26th '17

Quoting MommyBearTo4:
I agree with most all of you. I was wondering if I was too crazy lol DS didn't even spend the night with family until he was like 2! I know, I know, a bit much I'm sure. Anyways.... I spoke with the mom and she was super understanding! 


Hardly lol. DD2 is 4 and hasn't stayed away from me, some days I wish I had family around so she could tho.. Wink

fluffyruffruff 5 kids; United States 4722 posts
Apr 26th '17

My oldest is five. He started staying the night at him grandparents when he was 3. I dont think id be comfortable with him staying the night at a friends house... Maybe when hes old enough to have a cell phone and i feel comfortable knowing that he can call me for anything at anytime.

Thinkaboutit 4 kids; United States 2511 posts
Apr 26th '17

7...... but only at her best friends house who is around the corner. The mom is a close friend of mine, we hang out at each other's houses all the time. But I would never let her spend the night with a friend whose parents I don't know extremely well.....

fluffyruffruff 5 kids; United States 4722 posts
Apr 26th '17

Quoting MommyBearTo4:
I agree with most all of you. I was wondering if I was too crazy lol DS didn't even spend the night with family until he was like 2! I know, I know, a bit much I'm sure. Anyways.... I spoke with the mom and she was super understanding! 


My 3yo dd has never spent the night away from me and my 4yo ds has stayed at his grandparents once... I dont think thats "a bit much"...

lamb_nodules 2 kids; United Kingdom 3728 posts
Apr 27th '17

Family, probably around one. Friends? No, I wouldn't allow it. 

SomeMommy Due June 18; 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Chicago, IL, United States 73992 posts
Apr 27th '17

I think my oldest was 6 and I trusted the family and my child.

Tσѕнιε 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Derp, WV, United States 10689 posts
Apr 27th '17

Dd1 stayed the night at a friends' house for the first time last weekend.  We are good friends with their parents. She is almost 8. I feel 5 is a little too young.