Just wondering what others think of this situation...
My 4 year old son went to a birthday party this morning. My husband and I went with him. It was held at a party venue, which was at a small single fronted shop. There were two parties on at the same time, so quite crowded. Once the kids (12 of them) were settled in the party room, my husband and I decided to move outside and sit at the table and chairs which was directly outside the shop front. One other mum hung around and the others left. Whilst we weren't in the room with our son, we were still on the premises and were there if there was a problem.
What totally surprised us though, was the fact that the birthday girl's parents, left the premises and walked off up the street to get a coffee (there was coffee available at the venue). They returned about ten minutes after the children had sat down to eat. I returned to the party room as the children were sitting down to eat, so that I could make sure my son wasn't eating anything he couldn't have (due to a dietary condition), and my husband had gone off to get him some hot chips because he was unable to eat any of the hot food on offer.
Are we the only ones who found it both rude and irresponsible that the hosts left the party premises?
I would never leave my son at a party on his own because of his dietary condition which needs to be constantly monitored, and having lost one child, I'm not comfortable in leaving him; however, if we HAD decided to drop him and leave, I would have been furious if I'd later found out that the parents of the birthday child had also left the premises and were not there to watch over the children in their care.
What do others think? Am I overreacting?