Three Sleepover Tips for Kids and Parents

Having a sleepover is a fairly recent development. It started when families left the cities and started to move out into the suburbs – sometime in the 1960s. For some kids sleeping over a friends house is exciting and they jump at the chance. Other kids feel anxiety at the thought of sleeping away from the comfort of their home and their own bed. If your kid seems nervous about the idea when you two are alone you might want to try these tips to calm him/her down a bit.

  1. Try to make the first sleepover at a friend who lives nearby
  2. Have your child bring a favorite pillow or blanket
  3. Explain that different houses have different rules (sometimes this works in the kid’s favor – sometimes not so much)

What tips did I leave out? How do you help your kid make it through the night when they are sleeping over a friend’s house?

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