Sleepovers are a fun way for your kids to spend time with their friends and make life-long memories. Although you may prefer a cozy Sleepy’s (see sleepys.com) mattress yourself, kids can usually “slumber” on the floor with their friends without giving it a second thought. If you haven’t already experienced what it’s like to have eight giggling girls or nine rambunctious little men overnight, then here is a simple guide to help prepare you for all the fun you’re about to have.
Let Your Child Be The Planner
Allowing your child to come up with the party details can be really fun for them. It gives them the opportunity to feel in control and be responsible. You can still help them along, of course, by providing party ideas and bits of advice. Help your child be a good host and remind them to make sure everyone’s having a good time and enjoying themselves and that nobody feels left out during the party.
Set Limits Before Inviting Anyone
For the good of all those involved (especially you, the parent) limit the number of friends invited to about seven or eight kids so that you can keep track of everyone. Also, waiting until your child is at least seven years old can make things much more manageable as they are able to communicate and behave a little better. Avoiding co-ed sleepovers is a wise idea, but if your child insists then you can tell them that you have to be in the same room with them all night long.
Send Out Invitations
Inviting the kids to the slumber party via card-like invitations can be fun but also extremely helpful in prepare yourself and the kids for the event. Send out the invitations with a packing checklist for each child that shows what they need to bring such as sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc. You could also include a slip of paper for the parents to fill out with their contact information and any information you need to know regarding their child while they stay with you.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Plan, buy and prepare easy food, decorations, games, activities, music and movie options for the night. You can even put together a tentative schedule for the evening so that no one is bored. In case someone forgets to bring one of the necessities from their sleepover packing list you can include those items in your preparations, as well. This can include pillows, sleeping bags, toothpaste and toothbrushes and whatever else you deem necessary.
Distract the Siblings
If your slumber party child has older or younger brothers and sisters, they may be at risk to possible party destruction. To avoid a huge mess of emotions you’ll want to plan something fun to distract those kids who are not invited to the slumber party.
Make Your Rules Known
Before the guest arrive go over all of the ground rules with your child and make sure that they know what to do should any of their friends try to break those rules. Then talk to all of the guests as a group and explain your rules in detail and give them consequences for the breaking of those rules. Be specific and also remember to let them know what they ARE allowed to do so that they don’t feel completely bound.
Give Them Space But Still Watch Them
Keep an eye on the kids while also maintaining a safe distance can be tricky. You don’t have to make it overly obvious that you are watching them. Keep it casual and let them be alone for long spaces of time, but do check on them to make sure everybody’s doing okay and that they’re not misbehaving.
While slumber parties can be extremely fun and exciting they can get a little out of hand when you are not prepared. By creating a fun environment and holding to your rules, you and your child can work together to make this the slumber party of the year. Continue to use these ideas as your child gets older and you will have many more memorable nights in the slumber parties to come.