Does the word ‘sleepover’ fill you with fear? It needn’t scare you – sleepovers are an incredibly popular thing for kids to enjoy, and a great way for them to have fun with their friends away from the playground. If you’re just venturing into the world of sleepovers and you’re not sure where to start, take a look at these top tips that will help it go as smoothly as possible.
Provide plenty of food and drink
You’ll be amazed at how late some kids can stay awake at sleepovers. A combination of excitement and hyperactivity means that their body clocks can sometimes be thrown out of sync and you’re going to need a decent stash of food and drink to help keep their energy up.
While they will happily binge on chocolate and sweets, opt for some savoury options too. Order a takeaway, pop a pizza in the oven (maybe let them make their own?), or give them access to the fruit bowl. You never know, they may choose a bunch of grapes over candy! Or maybe not…
Make sure they have everything they need
If your youngster is heading elsewhere for a sleepover, make sure they have everything. If it’s their first time away from home, make it a little special for them. Buy them some new girl’s pyjamas from George at ASDA, as a treat, for example.
Don’t be too alarmed if they are a little homesick, either. It does happen, especially if they’re never spent a night away from home before. However, it’s good practice for the future – school trips and holidays with the grandparents will be a lot easier if they’ve already been away from you for a night or two beforehand.
Think wisely about who you invite
They may have one best friend at school that they’ve been nagging you to invite over, and that’s fine. However, if they want more than one friend, try and avoid inviting two and opt for three, instead. That way, nobody will feel left out and you’ll be less likely to have to deal with midnight squabbles.
Give them clear guidelines
You’ll have to be a bit lenient when it comes to sleepovers, because they’re not going to quieten down like they normally do. However, make sure that they don’t take advantage of your good nature by laying down some ground rules. They need to know that you are in charge, even if you do let them stay up a little later.
Rest up afterwards
Hosting a sleepover can be hard work! Not only will your kids be shattered from the late night, but you’ll feel exhausted and drained too. Don’t host a sleepover the night before a busy day – make sure the following day is a lazy one, so that you can recover!
Remember that it’s as daunting for the child as it is for you when it comes to their first sleepover. Stay calm and laidback and the whole thing will pass by without a single nightmare.
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