If it’s not happened already, it won’t take long for your kids to ask (and nag, and ask some more) to have a sleepover with their friends. As soon as they’re in a school setting, they’ll be desperate to prolong their playtime by inviting their school friends over for dinner and, before you know it, you’ll be organising yourself, and your home, for an onslaught of children armed with sleeping bags and onesies.
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While you could just say yes, and let the kids entertain themselves, you could also be the talk of the playground as being a legend of a parent that everyone wishes they had. Here are a few great tips to ensure that your child’s sleepovers are successful and enormous fun. Who knows, you may even get a bit of sleep at some point, too!
- Make sure that everything is ready to go before their friends arrive. If she doesn’t own some already, grab some cool girl’s pyjamas from George so that she can feel as awesome as possible in some crisp, new jim-jams. Alternatively, make sure her favourite onesie is clean and ready for her to throw on.
- Pop to the shops ahead of their friend’s arrival (or, if you’re picking them up from school, pop to the shop on the way home) and choose some sleepover-esque snacks and goodies, such as a bag of Haribo, some Pringles or, for the healthy option, a tub of grapes or strawberries. Make sure there’s plenty of juice in the house, so that they don’t get thirsty and check with their parents to see if there are any foods that they don’t like.
- Order a pizza! They’ll love to have a Dominos to share between them. Pick up a voucher code to keep costs low, or take advantage of one of the meal deals that are often available.
- Crack out the computer games. So what if normally you limit their exposure to video games - it’s a sleepover! Consoles such as the Wii and the Xbox Kinect games are perfect for sleepovers, because they get everybody involved, active and laughing.
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- Stay out of the way. Take a book to your room, or enjoy a soak in the tub. Check on them every now and again, but, most of the time, just leave them to it. You don’t want to cramp their style!
- Make sure there’s plenty of sleeping space. If there’s a few of them you may wish to use the living room as their makeshift bedroom, so that they can all bunk in together. Ask them to bring their own sleeping bags or ready beds, and if necessary, provide them with pillows or cushions so that they’re as comfortable as possible.
- If you are worried that younger siblings will feel left out, send them on a sleepover of their own – to their grandparents, or a family friend, for the evening.
As long as you outline some clear guidelines before the sleepover is in full swing, it should go by without a hitch. Many parents worry about hosting a sleepover but, more often than not, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about – apart from getting some actual sleep, of course!
What do you think the recipe for a perfect sleepover is?
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