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Right Age for Drop Off Birthday Party

What's the Right Age to Start Drop-Off Birthday Parties?

Unlatch the tethers and let them go! When birthday season hits in a preschool class, every weekend is packed with parties in gyms, art studios, firehouses, and sports facilities around town. As my lil one's designated chaperon, I've been to them all. Now that a new round of celebrations is starting in his class, the big discussion among the moms is when it's appropriate to ask parents to drop off their kids, and return an hour and a half later to pick them up.

Growing up, I remember carpooling to parties with other neighborhood friends. One parent would drive us there and drop us off, and another would pick us up. My parents loved it. It gave them some free time to do what they wanted while I was off having a good time. Today, parents not only seem to expect to accompany their tykes to a soiree, but to be well fed there too. Living in a large city with serious space constraints, party rooms frequently come with guest limits, leaving many of us wondering about the perfect age for holding a drop-off birthday party?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I don't know about the future, but my circle of friends has recently started having kids and we all get together for their birthday parties. It's as much of a party for us to hang out as much as to celebrate their kid's birthday. Maybe it's different when you don't really know the parents, but in my opinion not only is it safer for the parents to be there to monitor and protect your child (if necessary) but it is also really good to know the kids and adults that your child is around....
amber512 amber512 6 years
Until the kid is old enough to have just a handful of friends and they are spending the night, I would want their parents to be there as well. And for my own child, I would have to know the other parents and their home life very well.
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