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07/04/2014 at 12:43
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07/04/2014 at 12:46
I have voted 6 or older because B is nearly 6 and I haven't left him at a party yet, although his father has. Afterwards B came into me during the middle of the night and said he hadn't liked being left on his own. I replied that I would only leave him whe he was ready for me to leave him. U on the other hand may be compltely different though.
07/04/2014 at 12:52
I voted 6 or older. My step daughter is 7 this year and like you i wouldnt leave her at a party unless i knew the parents really well, and unfortunately due to the shared residency you dont really get to know a lot of parents well. We only have a small handful. Also my step daughter is painfully shy and spends the first hour of every party holding my hand and refusing to interact with anyone. Shes getting a lot better though, the last party we went to she ran straight off and left me like a lemon.
07/04/2014 at 13:05
I put 5. Once Harry was at school it was a no-brained for us, despite his sometimes intense shyness. Looking back, I think I wasn't very sympathetic to his shyness though, and would push him in to situations rather than have him hang back with me.
07/04/2014 at 15:01
I voted 5 too, but I think once they're at primary and are happy to be left at say a friends house where there isn't a massive amount of room for all the parents of 10+ kids then it's ok. I did this a couple of times for E & C but they were always a couple of streets away from home and I left my details in case of emergency. If the party is in a bigger facility like softplay then I stayed with the kids. I think 3 is a bit young to be leaving them.
07/04/2014 at 15:28
I voted 6 as I never want to leave them, they are never moving out of home and will never be too old for cuddles!!
I honestly don't know. I think it probably depends on the child and how confident and independent they are.
I am liking this new voting thing though!!
07/04/2014 at 17:26
i put five but L is 6.5 yrs and i havent left him yet, because of his autism he needs me there
i think when C gets to 5 it will be fine he is very independent, it would depend how much i had spoken the parents or seen them about school though
07/04/2014 at 18:45
She was probably 4 and a half I think but I did stay at some parties after that age. Mainly because of the location of the party (our nearest soft play is a good 20 minutes drive there and back).
07/04/2014 at 18:53
I certainly wouldn't have left her at 3 years old. They're all so different it really does depend on their confidence. One boy had a meltdown at the start of my daughter's 6th birthday party because he was afraid that his mum was leaving him on his own there. Whereas others waved their parents off without a second glance.
07/04/2014 at 21:01
I put 5, but I think I actually left C at 4. I was good friends with the Mum of the birthday child, so felt comfortable doing so.
08/04/2014 at 00:06
I put 4, because I have left both of mine at 4th birthday parties (once they were 4) by themselves, at their request. Only with people I know well and trust though. I would not yet leave them (at 7 and 5) at parties in places like soft play or swimming pools (unless another parent was taking them and staying) - any public place and I stay and wait, but home or village hall type parties with people I know and trust and I'm happy to leave them.
08/04/2014 at 10:56
I said 6 or older because I like staying with E when I take her to parties, she's usually quite happy playing with friends and I get to sit/stand around chatting or just chill for the whole time. If I left her I'd have to go home to my wild child who is nearly 2 and never leaves me alone at the moment :)
08/04/2014 at 13:55
I've voted 4 but that's if it's at a friend's house with plenty of adult supervision. Also depends on the child and how independent they are. If it was a hall party I would say probably 5, again depending on the set-up and on the individual child. When I did a party for my 5 year old all of her friends, most of which were still 4, were left by their parents.
08/04/2014 at 22:21
It would depend on the type of party and if i knew the adults who would be supervising. We had a party at home for C when she turned 4, and i asked the parents if they would leave them as i don't have much room and there were only 8 kids anyway. Therefore, i would leave her now, at 4, at a small house party, but will accompany her to soft play and other parties until she asks me not to or if it is not appropriate.
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