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Old 15.05.2012, 22:42
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Should parents of small kids (3 yo) stay with their kids in other kids birthday party

My 3 years old daughter was invited for a birthday party at the house of one of her swiss colleagues of Spielgruppe. On the invitation just mention the address and time of start and end. Do you know if the mother should stay at the party together with her even it's not mentioned on the invitation or what's the normal expected behavior in Switzerland? I ask this because normally in our country the parents of kids younger than 5 years old would preferably stay, but as things here in Switzerland are different
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My 3 years old daughter was invited for a birthday party at the house of one of her swiss colleagues of Spielgruppe. On the invitation just mention the address and time of start and end. Do you know if the mother should stay at the party together with her even it's not mentioned on the invitation or what's the normal expected behavior in Switzerland? I ask this because normally in our country the parents of kids younger than 5 years old would preferably stay, but as things here in Switzerland are different
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Old 15.05.2012, 23:05
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Re: Should parents of small kids (3 yo) stay with their kids in other kids birthday p

Three year olds have sometimes still really weird ideas in their heads and I would not leave them alone unless you feel that all is cared for. A birthday party where a few Mums stay to help then I would say it is ok to ask if you can leave the little one there alone and pick up later. However, going there and seeing she is maybe by herself or with partner then I would ask to stay.

I would say, do that what makes you feel comfortable and there is nothing against staying at a party and enjoying a piece of cake with the kids. I dont think anyone will have something against that.
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Re: Should parents of small kids (3 yo) stay with their kids in other kids birthday p

I would stay, at my niece-in-laws 3rd birthday every parent stayed, it's part of the fun for the parents too, to have some adult company.
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Re: Should parents of small kids (3 yo) stay with their kids in other kids birthday p

I would prefer to stay but then i would check first if all moms are invited. I had one of the most embarrassing moments of my life when i went for a birthday party where supposedly only my child was invited. no one ever said a word but little into the party, i could make out that the hosts had not planned for all moms to stay and i was definitely one of them. I checked with them and i left (though they were polite enough to ask me to stay on) and went back only to pick my child up.
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Re: Should parents of small kids (3 yo) stay with their kids in other kids birthday p

I guess you can simply ask the mum when you arrive! And don't forget to ask your child too: some kids are scared of staying somewhere they don't know well without a parent, while others are all proud to be without mummy!

For my son's birthday parties, I welcome parents if they want to stay, but many are happy to have a few 'free' hours to be quiet
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