A while ago one of my good friends brought up the subject of children and sleepovers on her blog and there was a good debate with differing opinions on the subject. I appreciated that she brought up the topic because it gave my husband and I the opportunity to discuss a parenting issue that we had never talked about before. However, I have still found myself thinking about this a few times and would love to hear what other mothers think on the subject.
When I was growing up, I had frequent sleepovers at our house and at the homes of friends/family. I remember sleeping on the trampoline and loving staying up late. However, times have changed and to be honest I would not feel comfortable letting my own children sleep outside unless I was out there with them. I am also nervous about sleepovers. I can't help but think that although I may feel that I know the children/parents whose houses my children may be invited to sleepover at, I do not know their friends or outside influences that may enter their homes. I feel much better about the idea of letting my children have "late overs" where they go to friends' houses and are allowed to stay there late but not spend the night.
On the other hand, some may argue that we can't shelter our kids too much and that if we teach them right from wrong from the beginning that they will know to call us if anything goes wrong or if they feel uncomfortable. I could see myself letting my own children stay with certain family members and make some exceptions there, but overall I feel most comfortable with the thought of all my family being tucked into our own beds under the same roof at night.