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Topic : Would you go to a birthday party when you don't know the child?
JulieKidspot - `10` `2012-06-04 11:37:28`  
If your child was invited to a birthday party by someone you don't personally know, would you and your child attend?
Comments (13)
GoMummyJo - 3:58 PM Sun-10-Jun-2012
yes have done in the past. Wasn't comfortable leaving child there so stayed on too, like a no mates in the corner lol.
Mamabear - 1:20 PM Thu-7-Jun-2012
Yes, I have done that before. My son was invited to a couple of parties where I didn't know the parents at all. When I met them and saw that my son was fine and he knew all the other kids, I left him at the party by himself. I would stay back if it was my girl, as she is only 3.5. But we always try and attend all parties that the kids are invited to if they want to go (till date, they've never said no!)
stacleaning - 11:01 AM Thu-7-Jun-2012
If my child was friends with this person then of-course I would take my daughter and stay the entire time (she is only 4 and as I would not know the family etc) but that is the only way I will get to know who my children's friends are and their parents. I would like to meet my children's friends parents to know they are safe if they go for a play date etc. Now my daughter is in kindy that time is coming up. I know her friends parents from church well ofcourse so I am comfortable dropping her off to their houses with Kindy I have to get to know them to get to that point :D
SarahK - 10:29 PM Wed-6-Jun-2012
Yes, we have done several times. Its a great way to meet the child your child is friends with, and meet their parents as well :)
Pommiegotlost - 11:35 AM Wed-6-Jun-2012
Yes, and we have done a few times, the most memorable one was an open invite to all users of a particular forum that i was using to a little boys 3rd birthday, we attended with a small gift and helped to clean up afterwards in an attempt to make more friends in the area, as it turned out, i went to college with the boys mum some years previous and so it was good to reconnect. have also been invited to a few parties when i have been new to an area just on the chance that it will help the mums get to know each other.I probably wouldn't do a drop and run, because i like to know that my girls are safe and happy, but there are only 1 or two people that i would be happy to do a drop and run with at this stage.
IceKiwi - 6:15 PM Tue-5-Jun-2012
Yes, as we give our children more independence eg kindy then school they start making friends with children whose parents we don't know. I think its important to put a face to a name and for the younger children I stay for the older ones I hang around for a bit and chat but then leave and let them enjoy themselves but come back earlier than the finish time.
I too have kept numbers and then the children have been able to play with this friend especially if they get on so well.
chidsmum - 1:34 PM Tue-5-Jun-2012
If DD wanted to go then I would attend with her. I have a general rule that she dosent go any where with out me for the first time. Most Parents are more than happy to have a coffee & go from there. If we have anyone over for a play date I invite them in & show them around.
ekubo - 12:48 PM Tue-5-Jun-2012

it was my youngest son's fourth birthday yesterday. He'd invited 4 friends from preschool whose parents I don't know. 3 of them turned up and I appreciated the chance to get to know them, the other never contacted me and never showed up.

Once we let the kids move in social circles without us, be it preschool, kindy, or school, they're going to start making friends with kids irrespective of whether we know or like the parents. With a young child I'd stay through the party, with an older one perhaps not.

lilblondee6 - 11:30 PM Mon-4-Jun-2012
That has happened twice since my daughter has started school so i took her because they were good friends and i got to know the child's mum and we are now good friends. the other birthday she was also good friends with the child so i ended up keeping her mums number and having a few play dates currently.There were lots of other parents that attended both parties that stayed and had a chat while the kids played so i wasn't alone, and i got to know some of the other parents aswell.
MumBum - 7:46 PM Mon-4-Jun-2012
if I knew the parents or one of the parents EG a workmate then yes, but if it was an invitation through school and I didn't know the child or parents, I would attend with my child.
gonzze - 3:18 PM Mon-4-Jun-2012
Well if it was a child that my child liked and wanted to go to the party then i would go round to the childs house before the party and get to no the family and then deside if we would go or not
jopukeko - 11:46 AM Mon-4-Jun-2012
My girls are in home-based care so there are only a few kids whose birthday they might be invited to. As they are still pre-schoolers a parent is expected to go with them so yes I'd go with them.

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