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Hey Mom and Dad, When Are Kids Ready for Overnight Stays Away From Home?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.

Welcome to "Hey Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature when we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.

It's that time of the year when summer camp plans are in the works for many families, and parents are deciding whether their kids are ready for overnights. Whether it be sleepovers with friends or sleep-away camps, it can be tough to know when your kids are ready for a night away from home. That brings us to this week's question:

When can you start sending your children on overnights away from home? How do you know when kids are ready?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.

Michelle P. Murrin: when they are able to say if they want to stay and able to say if they want to come home. — Burr Ridge Patch Facebook

Emily Paster: My daughter went away for two weeks last summer when she was eight, almost nine, entering fourth grade. She had a great time! — Oak Park Patch Facebook

Carol Gog: They will let you know. Too early and it can be a disaster. — Woodridge Patch Facebook

Elizabeth Allen Major: I sent my just turned 11 year old to a week long boy scout (in tents) camp. I was more nervous than him and he had an awesome time! — Downers Grove Patch Facebook

So what's your take? Tell us in the comments. 

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