Your children come home from school one day, the sun is shining and everyone is happy. One of your children asks you if they can have a friend over at the weekend for a sleepover.
What's your first reaction?
Would it be the sheer joy of finally being able to break out the sleepover contract you've been wanting to implement for years?
"Yes, you can have someone to stay over but, they need to sign a contract beforehand. Otherwise, there's no chance of any fun being had in this house".
Or would you have, what I think most people would have, a normal reaction and say
"Yeah, OK, as long as it's OK with (insert randomly selected school friends name here) parents"
I think most parents would allow their children to have friends over and not feel the need to whip out a contract. Of course, if kids are being twats then they need to be told to calm down. This will nearly always happen when you have young children and they play with their friends but it is also expected as they are burning off energy.
A mum, location unknown, probably called Karen, who works in finance, has actually created a contract for her children's friends to sign when they stay over. This was shared on Reddit recently.
After reading this I got the feeling that if the child's friends did break any of the rules, and they were banned from any future sleepovers or play dates they would actually be relieved.
I think we all have rules that we want our children and others to stick by in our own homes. Maybe such things as, not going into the parent's bedrooms, not shitting on the carpets etc. but I feel a contract is a bit much.
I can't imagine what Karen would be like at parties.
Would you present your children's friends with a contract?