I don't care how well I think I know someone, the truth is you never know how someone lives behind closed doors. I know too many friends who have shared horror stories of molestation and abuse. The friendly faces of abusers are real. Abusers don't look like monsters, they look like our friends and some can be the same age as our kids.
I've never wanted to put my children in a place where they are in a home at 3 a.m. and can't leave. Let's be upfront, when the doors and the lights go out inside a home, a child is in a vulnerable place. The truth is that we can teach and educate our children about protecting themselves, but there is still a chance that someone could violate them. A sleepover is often a playground for such a horrible offense.
In sleepover situations, there are always the possibilities for kids to be exposed to older siblings, pornography, adult internet sites, other adults living in the household, visiting adults, etc. A sleepover can also be a place for bullying, everyone invited to the party may not be friends with each other. The list of situations that a child could become victim to is endless.
While many sleepovers could be harmless and fun filled, I'm not willing to take that chance with my children. Sorry, thank you for the invite, but we RSVP with no regrets.
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