July 19, 2012

Slumber party dos and don’ts

Around the age of 9 or 10, the question of the sleepover will come up.

Around the age of 9 or 10, the question of the sleepover will come up. A slumber party is an honored childhood tradition, and it can create great memories for kids. On the other hand, it can be an emotional fraught night for parents, especially the first one. How comfortable your child will feel away from home for the first time?

That’s why a child’s maturity, not their age, should be the real deciding factor in whether or not they should attend or host a sleepover. A good way to test your child’s readiness is having a few sleepovers with family members (say, grandma and grandpa) or close family friends. If your child receives an invitation, you might also invite the other child over for a sleepover first so you can meet the parents and get a sense of their judgment; see if they ask the same questions of you that you would ask of them.

If and when you host, ask your guests’ parents about what movies, food and activities they’re allowed at home. The children might not feel confident answering those questions. Kids are also eager to fit in, so they are likely to bend the truth when answering. Also make sure that you have all contact information on hand in case of an accident or health event (Make sure that you’re aware of sleep issues, bedwetting, allergies, or anything else that might come up in the next 12 hours!).

Finally, remember that the kids are excited and they’re there to have fun. Some structure is good, but slumber parties are a rite of passage and a huge moment for demonstrating independence. Bunk beds and trundle beds, which fit under any Bolton bed, will make the night fun, like a sleepaway camp at home. It’s one night that they don’t have to go bed on time, but even the most active kids will tucker out eventually, and really sleep at the sleepover!



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