Your child is very excited because a new friend from school invites him to sleep over on the weekend. He is annoyed when you start to ask him question such as what does his dad do for a living. You don't want to have excessive worries, but you do want to be sure your child is safe.
First of all, you can call over to the parents and introduce yourself while at the same time thanking them for the invitation. It may be a good idea to even verify the invitation because kids often talk about a weekend sleepover without checking it out first with their parents and getting permission.
Still, this won't tell you if their parents have been in jail, have a drug history or may currently have a drinking problem. As a therapist, I recently heard from a client that when his dad takes him for weekends he drops him of at the dad's friends for an overnight and the friend of his dad often has a few people over where they drink heavily. The boy is very uncomfortable with this but is too intimidated to tell his parents plus he does like the company of the kid from his class.
Doing background checks are helpful and can be done anonymously. You can find out the employment history, drug history and criminal record of someone. This can be valuable in making a decision about your child's weekend plans. It also can be a tool to look into your child's coach's background or teacher's past. There are databases online available to gather this information including predators that may be living in the neighborhood.
Rather than being constantly full of excessive worry or burying your head in the sand, ask other parents questions as well as your child. To get further information, consult the online services that are now very inexpensive to get results for your research.
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