I'm encountering a whole new set of circumstances now that my son is 7 years old and playdates no longer include the parents. I posted a little while ago asking what to do about birthday parties (which I did end up just going to). Now I am wondering about playdates. My son recently has formed a friendship with a boy on his hockey team. He plays 4 times a week, so sees this boy quite a bit and they get along great. We had this boy over for a playdate on the weekend, but now the boy's family would like to have my son over to their house next. They do not live in our neighborhood. Their house is about a 20 to 30 minute drive away. Like we did with their son, they want to have him come over after a hockey practice. After hockey, my son's blood sugars can be all over the place. He can be high from the adrenaline, but then crash later. I don't feel comfortable letting him go. How can I be polite about declining the invitation? How much explanation should I go into about diabetes? And am I being over-protective? I mean he does go to school all day without me. Thanks for any input.