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Is It a Good Idea to Have a Sleepover?

Do your kids want to invite their friends over for a sleepover? As a parent, it can be difficult knowing if it’s a good idea to have a sleepover. When deciding what’s right for your family, you’ll want to take into consideration how old your kids are, as well as if they’re ready for a night with friends.

How Old Are Your Kids?
When deciding if it’s a good idea to have a sleepover, you’ll want to think about how old your kids are. If your kids are younger, you might want to wait some time before having a sleepover. Younger kids tend to miss their parents easily, which can lead to a rough night with crying kids for you. If your kids are older, a sleepover can be a good idea if both you and your kids are ready for one.

Are They Ready?
No matter how old your child is, you’ll need to decide if they’re ready to have a sleepover. Take into consideration your child’s maturity level and whether or not they can handle a night with friends. Throw a mock sleepover to test if your kids are ready. Let them camp out in the living room and stay up a little later than usual. If they’re able to do this and not cause any problems during the night or the next day, then they might be ready to have a sleepover with friends.

Are You Ready?
Even if your child is ready to have a sleepover, you need to decide if you are ready as well. Hosting a sleepover is a lot of work for you. Depending on how old your kids are, you might need to worry about cleaning up after a bed wetting accident. You probably won’t get a lot of sleep since you’ll check in with the kids throughout the night. Before allowing your kids to have a sleepover, make sure you’re ready for the extra responsibilities.

Set the Rules
If you’ve decided that having a sleepover is a good idea, you’ll want to set some rules. Even if your kids are younger, you might want to consider setting the rule that your son can invite boys only and your daughter can invite girls only. Although there is nothing wrong with your kids having friends of the opposite sex, it can be inappropriate for them to spend the night. You might also want to consider your rules when it comes to what time lights go off, as well as where everyone will sleep. Once you set the rules, make your expectations clear to your child and their friends.

Let's discuss: Do you allow your kids to have sleepovers? What are some rules you have in place?

Annmarie John
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  1. grand-daughter getting old enough to do sleep overs thanks for all the great tips

  2. When I was young I was allowed to have sleepovers but was not allowed to go over to my friends houses for sleepovers. My mom did not trust other people 'with her children'.

  3. So torn with this, my girls likes the idea but she is not ready and my husband will not allow her to sleep at another persons house.

  4. I definitely think it depends on the individual child. Some are ready earlier than others. It is a lot of stress for the parents, though -- they get no sleep!

  5. Three kids and they are all different ..Isa loves sleepovers - Caleb not so much - Davey not at all!

  6. I don't normally have sleep overs. Once in a great while.

  7. I can't remember specifically what age my kids started going to sleepovers. I was usually comfortable with the idea as long as parents were around.

  8. I was really reluctant the first time my daughter wanted to have a sleepover. I may have been on the verge of hyperventilating! But, in the end, I was glad I did it, for her.

  9. My kids are still pretty young for sleepovers but even when they are older I do not think we will do many of these

  10. Great things to think about. I am not sure what we will do when our kids get to that age.

  11. I think it totally depends on each kid. Some love it, some have no interest!

  12. We have always had lots of sleepovers with cousins who are close in age. Now that we have some school friends, my kiddos are eager to have a sleepover with them and I'm more reluctant. We have a 200lb St Bernard which is definitely something for us to consider when we invite kids over!

  13. Sleepovers are fun. Gotta have rules tho.

  14. You have some great pointers here.

    I'm unsettled about the idea of sleepovers. I send my daughter to Brownie camp twice a year and for me, that seems like more than enough. It's something I'm going to have to think about seriously sometime... as I'm sure it will come up.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely evening my friend!

  15. I'm Haitian and sleep overs was not allowed growing up. My husband doesn't mind them but I already told him that there is NO way I'm sending my kids off to people home to sleep. There are just TOO many sick people in this world. This might make me sound like an hypocrite but I'm totally ok with kids sleeping over at my house.


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