You mentioned you were there supervising your son to make sure his food was ok?
Do you think maybe it was just a communication issue then? I can imagine myself popping out to get a drink in that scenario and my friends being fine with it, the only difference being that I would check with them first and offer to bring them back something!
I think I agree with you op, I wouldn't expect any parents to leave 4 year olds at a party, never mind the host parents! Who was supervising during that time? The venue staff? At my sons 5 birthday party at a venue, all the parents stayed the whole time, a lot came with mum and dad too. I thought that was normal!
What were the kids doing while the parents left..?
I don't think I could bring myself to do a drop and run for my son at that age!
This is crazy to me. My son is 5 and my daughter nearly 4, and I would never in a MILLION years ever consider LEAVING them at any party, house, party venue or whatever without me, or expect parents of the host child to be supervising them! That's my job!!! So weird. I can't believe any of them parents actually dropped their children and just left... expecting the host parents to supervise them all. I also can't believe that the host parents then walked off elsewhere to get coffee.... WTF! People do that?? I'm not in the slightest bit over protective, and I wouldn't even consider it.
My kids are at the "dump and run" party age. I do leave my son at parties when I know the parents and know that they have my mobile number. It would have never in a million years have crossed my mind that the hosting parents would not be there the whole time. Id be furious if I found that out. My expectation is 100% that they would be there.
My son had his nose broken at a birthday party when he was five and had to go to ER - blood and hysterics everywhere - so I am a bit paranoid.
My DD has autism so unless I know the parents REALLY well I hang around even though I am now pretty much the only mum that does.
Ive had parents I dont know at all "dump and run" without so much as "heres my contact number should johhny break is arm...."
I think it's rude. Who leaves while hosting a party? Especially when it was just to get coffee. One parent could have gone while the other stayed to supervise.
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