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Help a Mom: How to decline playdates

A mom wonders how to graciously decline playdate invitations because of worries about the safety of her daughter's friend's neighborhood.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Here's this week's dilemma:

My grade schooler has become fast friends with one of her classmates. Her friend has been to our house several times. They really get along together and have a lot in common. It's wonderful to watch their friendship grow.
Here's the problem: My daughter has been invited over to her house a couple of times. The neighborhood is not a great one and I know that my daughter's friend has told her a few times about incidents that have happened and involved the police. I don't feel comfortable sending my daughter there. How do I graciously decline their invitation, but make it clear that I love having their daughter at our house?
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