Question about Kids & Sleepovers

sleepoverSo last night, at 9 pm, the six-year-old girl from across the street ran over and called through the kitchen window for Jessica (my eight-year-old daughter), asking her if she wanted to spend the night as she was having a sleepover.

Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I was a little surprised. Is that the way the average family with small children operates these days? No communication from parent to parent?

If you’re a parent, I’d be interested to know your take on this — moms and dads, please feel free to weigh in on this one.

Would you send your under-ten-year-old for a sleepover at a neighbor’s house if you’ve only briefly met the parent, and it isn’t the parent getting in touch about it, but the child? Would you send your under-ten-year-old to invite neighborhood kids for a sleepover without getting in touch with those kids’ parents?

Go ahead and comment below. I’ll also post this question on our Facebook page, so if you’d prefer to comment there, that’s fine too.


About Bonita Jewel

Bonita Jewel is an author and blogger who writes on a variety of themes, including: Literature & poetry Writing Parenting Purpose After living in India from the age of 16 to 28, she returned to California with her husband and three children. She is pursuing a Degree at Fresno State University. Bonita teaches community education at Clovis Adult. Her courses include Blogging Basics, Power Editing, Creative Writing, and Working from Home. She also freelances as an editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach. Her greatest passions are her family, her faith, writing, and reading. Bonita Jewel has been reading since she was 2 ½. Thirty years later, she still loves the magic and mystery of the written word. She is slowly breathing life into roughly 50 novels and nearly as many nonfiction works, depending on which plot or character seizes her interest at any given time. Please connect with Bonita at:

Posted on August 1, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. no way!!! and i would have issued sending my 5/6 year old to any sleep over. Every child is different but i know that he still has moments when he misses me and nights can be tricky and more so in a house that’s not your own….i’d want it to be someone i know really well and that i know he’d be ok with, consoling him if he got scared or upset. They are still so little when vulnerable at that age.

  2. Well, seems to me that the parents of the child doing the inviting are not behaving responsibly in my opinion, that is if the parents even know their child is doing this. If so, I would not allow my son to stay the night, seems the parents are not using common sense like introducing themselves, telling the prospective sleepover childs parents the agenda, who will be over and so forth. Not a chance would I stack my sons safety beneath, a parents cluelessness. Maybe next time if their is more information and I know the parents much better.

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