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    I also think, if it is mandatory for you that a parent stay, you need to be explicit and state it. Ie what would happen if a parent said to you, 'see you at pick up time'. Its a bit late to say then, no, you need to stay. Are you thinking of something at a venue? Would you feel different if you had something at home? I do think alot of people would expect frop off and pick up at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littleriv View Post
    I do think alot of people would expect frop off and pick up at the end.
    Are we talking about 5 year olds? I must be odd because I've had 3 kids turn 5 and never dumped and ran at that age.

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    OP my son's 5th party was at a swimming pool and I texted all the invited children's parents and told them they would have to stay if their child attended as it was a requirement of the pool. Even then some kids didn't have parents there (only 2 out of 15). You do need to be really explicit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littleriv View Post
    I also think, if it is mandatory for you that a parent stay, you need to be explicit and state it. Ie what would happen if a parent said to you, 'see you at pick up time'. Its a bit late to say then, no, you need to stay. Are you thinking of something at a venue? Would you feel different if you had something at home? I do think alot of people would expect frop off and pick up at the end.
    Our son wants an AFL party, so I'm looking at hiring a hall next to an oval, and getting a party entertainer/group to run footy based activities.
    No, even if we had the party at home, I'd still want parents to stay with their children.
    Yes, I think you're right about being explicit on the invitation. Otherwise it's open to interpretation. Maybe something like:

    We do ask that all parents stay for the duration of the party. Thanks for your understanding.

    What do you think???

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    Sounds perfect.

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    My DD just recently had her first school friends party and as the party was at a venue and I didn't know all her friends and their parents I wanted the parents to stay.

    I just simply wrote on the bottom of the invitation 'parent to stay for duration of party'. I didn't think twice about it, hope noone thought it was rude.

    I would not be ready to leave DD at a party on her own just yet either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Are we talking about 5 year olds? I must be odd because I've had 3 kids turn 5 and never dumped and ran at that age.
    Me either. DS will be 7 soon and I've never dumped and run! I imagine I will at some stage, but if I don't know the parents, I stay. If I know them I stay and chat!

    We live 20kms from town, so I haven't had anyone leave their kids here either. People may at some stage, but I'm hoping the distance is a deterrent to make my life easier

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    I never left my oldest at a party at 5, but by the time I got to my youngest I did. Between birthday parties and sports it became necessary...and usually I knew a parent that was staying through my older kids and would ask if they would mind keeping an eye out. My youngest's 6th birthday was at a venue...ten kids...two parents stayed.
    I wouldn't have a problem if an invitation said we needed to stay though.

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    Sounds perfect, siansmum.

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    I have done this.. I've just written *Please note that supervision of children is up to their parents. I do think as said above that you need to be explicit in either way. There are parents who EXPECT people to drop and run. I don't feel comfortable with that unless I know the family extremely well (if I my child were over 8 then fine). So they'd have to state that on the invitation that they expect people to drop them off as I would decline the invitation for that very reason.

    You also have to keep mind by saying parents have to stay a few will decline the invitation on that basis (which is fine just something to keep in mind).
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