I’ve met with some of Pristine’s classmates’ moms at the school just before the summer vacation started and seeing how our kids interact so well with each other, we’ve exchanged phone numbers and talked about “play dates”. The kids would be happy to see each other during the two-month long summer vacation. Cool.
At one kid’s party we attended, I’ve met two of the moms. I get along well with them and Pristine is so close to their respective kids. In fact, one of them is her best friend. Then the mom told me, “You can send Pristine over to our house to play!” They live just 15 minutes away so I told her I’ll probably send Pristine over on Thursday afternoons AFTER I get home from work.
“Oh, no worries, I can pick her up from your place and bring her to mine.”
I felt uneasy. For the life of me, I couldn’t just send my daughter alone without my supervision in another family’s house. Moms around do it all the time here: send their kids to another kid’s house for play or sleepover, leave them there and just pick them up later. But I just couldn’t do it.
At this point, you can call me paranoid and overprotective. I grew up never having to experience ANY sleepovers because my parents were too. But by the way, I grew up just fine (without the sleepovers, that is).
I told that mom, in the most polite manner I can that it’s either we (me and kid) will go to their place on Thursdays or she can send her daughter to my place anytime. I am confident my mother (who takes care of Pristine while I work) can take care of the girls – though it’s not that I don’t trust whoever is taking care of the children in that mom’s house. For now, that is the logical thing for me. But where do we draw the line between being logical and overprotective?
I am curious – do you send your kid/s to play alone/do sleepovers in their friend’s house?