Today it’s pretty common to see smart phones and mommy cards whipped out when arranging play-dates and parties, but how about liability waivers?
The parenting blogosphere as been buzzing about a “growing trend” of parents asking those who visit their homes with their kids to first sign liability waivers.
Unsure of how to handle such a thing, parents are seeking advice, including from Miss Manners.
Does this surprise you?
If a kid visits your house, climbs a tree, and subsequently falls out of it, do you worry that another parent’s first instinct is to “lawyer up?”
I tend to assume the “fault” is my tree climbing kid. And, knowing my kid and his age, I tend to avoid putting him in situations and environments I’m not reasonably confident he can handle, especially if my husband or myself aren’t present.
Apparently we parents aren’t all on the same page here?
Evidently some are feeling the need to get a little up front assurance that your lawyer isn’t on speed dial before they break out the goldfish crackers.
I’ve never been directly asked by a fellow parent to sign a liability waiver before a play-date or party at their home, but it has been standard practice in most parenting clubs I’ve been a part of to require that one be renewed yearly to cover club members and the events they host at their homes.
So what has your experience been? If another parent were to ask you to sign a waiver, would it affect your view or relationship with that parent?