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Would you ask your child's friends to sign a contract before a sleepover?
The Doctors are discussing the report of a mom having her son's friends agree to a series of rules before spending the night and weighing on whether this is a good idea or did the mom go too far?
The mom's contract included rules like no touching, tickling, and no changing clothes in front of anyone else. The contract also said there could be no shouting, interrupting, or loud TV or devices. Her contract went on to state that complaining would also not be tolerated and promised a brunch the following morning if all the rules were followed.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and guest retired Judge Mary Chrzanowski feel this type of contract goes too far, while clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho and plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon say they like the idea of laying out the ground rules ahead of time, explaining they appreciated how the mom identified possible problem areas.
Dr. Judy notes, "Behavioral contracts are a proven behavioral management tool for children" explaining when a child signs something it then becomes "concrete" in their minds. Dr. Travis feels while the intent might be good, the method and language of the contract was too much.
When we asked our studio audience, "Would you let your child sign this mother's contract?" a majority -- 63 percent -- said they would not. How would you handle another parent asking your child to sign a sleepover contract?
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