Before you all gasp and call me an overbearing mom, hear me out. I had lots of sleepovers as a kid at lots of different people's homes. Most of the time they were fun, but some of the time I felt uncomfortable for different reasons. I usually stayed up way to late, only to spend the next 2 days trying to recover. At sleepovers, I usually watched things I wouldn't normally watch, did things I normally wouldn't do, and learned things about people or life that I maybe wasn't prepared for. And I have seen too many of my friends dads' in their underwear- gross! What good comes from sleepovers? What good happens after midnight (for anyone)?
I am all for Jacob (or any of the kids) playing with friends at friend's houses'. I have highly social children (go figure). But I am still trying to figure out how I want to go about with sleepovers. I am willing to be that parent that picks their child up before everyone goes to bed. Am I setting him up to be bullied (another big concern I have)?
In all fairness to us, we don't believe Jacob is ready for a sleepover anyway. He still climbs into bed with us every night. He is the most fearful at night out of the 3 children and he likes being around home. He has had sleep overs at family members homes, but not friends, and even then he needs to sleep with someone else there.
So- I am opening up a door and looking for advice on when and how you have dealt with friend sleepovers? I am open to suggestions, opinions, even criticism- but be kind.