Two weeks ago the Pre-K & Kindergarten classes at my daughters Dutch elementary school had a sleepover at the school. I didn't mind all of the activities around it - the bbq dinner, the games outside, the morning calisthenics, or the breakfast in the gym - I just didn't like the idea of my 4 yr old sleeping at the school without us.
Picture it, 5 classrooms, 25-29 kids per room, 2 teachers per room, and the kids range from 4-6 years old. The teachers had to request permits from the city & fire department, and they were asked to stay awake all night to make sure things went well. Not one thing about it sat right. We have no problem with our daughter spending the night away, but this situation just seemed weird. I felt it was such a strange request, why would this event even be organized?
Our daughter handled the news well when we told her she would be sleeping at home that night and would return to the school early in the morning. But the comments from the parents and teachers were unneeded, as if we were being fearful and making our kid suffer because of it. Trust me, the only suffering I saw was the way the kids looked the next morning after the sleepover. (Just imagine a bunch of small children with hangovers, if you need a visual.)
I have no regrets about picking her up at 8PM that night and returning her at 7:30AM the next morning. I'm glad we stood our ground and didn't give into peer pressure. Funnily enough, the majority of the parents picking their kids up at 8PM were foreign like ourselves. I helped clean up the next day and to be honest I only heard good stories, there were no disasters and things went fairly smooth but still, I just don't agree with it.
What do you think, were we being overprotective or is it just weird to have young kids spend the night at the school with just teachers?
Bye! Dag! Adios! Namaste!