As a child I remember their being some things that parents were encouraged to know before leaving their kids at a friend’s house. The question of dogs may have come up and parents were (and still are) encouraged to always ask if there are guns in a house before leaving their kids to play.
My 4-year-old just recently had her first real play date. I dropped her off at a preschool friend’s house. All of a sudden paranoia started taking over. There are so many more things to think about when leaving your child somewhere today. Does your child’s friend have older siblings? Is the father home? Is there a computer in your house? Are the prescription medications locked up? How about the Robitussin? Any of that in the house? Oh, and what about the hairspray, the computer cleaner, any paint cans? By the way, do you have any registered sex offenders living nearby?
The paranoia can completely take you over. It is a wonder we leave our kids anywhere. Sure, we teach our kids right from wrong, but can you really teach a young child some of these things? Who is to say an older sibling and his/her friends will not be there maybe overdosing on Robitussin or huffing from hairspray cans?
In all reality we cannot keep our kids in a bubble. We have to let them grow and learn and have the fun that we did as children. My daughter had a great time and the only issue was a dog, I can take that!
Do you pre-screen houses before dropping of your kids? Maybe a metal detector? Or, how about a police dog to sniff out drugs?