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Send Them to a Sleepover

Sleepovers and slumber parties are big events for children and their parents, as well. Parenting expert, Alyson Schafer shares tips for navigating the do’s and don’ts of sleepovers.

Children start at an early age sleeping away from home, often at a relative’s home and having "sleepovers" with cousins. Social sleepovers, with friends, begin with school-aged children. Some parents choose to send their child to summer sleepover camp; this usually begins at age seven or eight. Sleepovers are a fun way to practice independence and autonomy and can start from age five or six.

Sleepover Benefits

  • Learn independence from their parents
  • Develop self esteem - see themselves as capable people who can manage new situations on their own
  • Create memories
  • Preparation for camp and childcare in the even that parents need to be away from their child
  • Gives parents autonomy so they can explore opportunities like holidays without the kids to keep their marriage strong

Successful Sleepover Rules

  1. Parents need to decide on a rough schedule of the evening’s activities; boredom will be prevented and transitions minimized. Both of which contribute to kids acting up.
  2. Decide on a PJ time, let them giggle, chat and be silly now, when it’s lights out it’s time to sleep.
  3. Handling Homesickness
  4. Distraction is the best way to keep them from missing home; if they’re busy they don’t have time to think. If you thinks it’s necessary you can arrange for a good night phone call, but the goal is for them to settle into the notion that they are able to cope.  
  5. Avoid picking the child up at all costs, this just shows that you aren’t confident in their ability to manage alone. Children learn they are capable from enduring challenges, not from being rescued from them.   

Sleepover Kit

  • Creating a fun sleepover kit is always a good idea and even better if you have the child help put it together!
  • Alyson suggests the following items:
  • A medium size bag
  • Flashlight so he/she can find the washroom in the middle of the night
  • Contact sheet with phone numbers
  • Snacks or treats – make them unusual, like microwave S’mores
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Clothes for the next day
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush and/or comb
  • For bedwetting - GoodNites Tru-fit
GoodNites Tru-Fit are real underwear made of a washable, cotton-blend that is durable and reusable. For outstanding nighttime protection accompanied by a disposable, absorbent insert. The disposable insert is treated with a water repellent to help keep children dry. This innovative design allows parents to reuse the underwear while disposing of used inserts. Overall, GoodNites* Tru-Fit* offers a new product to help parents manage their child’s bedwetting.

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