Were those screeching brakes we heard? If you believe that a sleepover isn’t a rite of passage but an opportunity for disaster, you’ll agree with the slew of parents who have recently taken their passionate opinions online. Their reason? They say there’s no surefire way of keeping track of your kids when they’re out of your hands.
For ScaryMommy blogger Janel Mills, for instance, the issue is the uneasy feeling she gets thinking about letting someone else take care of her kid for the night.
“Just as in any other aspect of parenting, it’s all about comfort level. I personally don’t feel comfortable, right now, letting my girls sleep anywhere other than our home and their grandparents’ homes. My gut says that those places are safe. If my gut can’t confirm what my head is trying to tell it, then I say no.”
And Gina Holt, writing for FamilyShare, has an even more apocalyptic view of sleepovers:
“Have you been in their homes? Do you know what actually goes on there? Are there things going on in the homes of your children's friends that you would not want your children exposed to? Do you really want your kids in the homes of others when everyone gets comfortable and walks around in their PJs? Should we really know each other that intimately? I don't think so.”
In short: It comes down to comfort level. If you (or your child) aren't comfortable, don’t push it.