I recently had the opportunity for my child to experience their first sleepover. My child actually had an invite not only to sleepover, but to camp out in the backyard of the family friend’s home. I intended on getting the parent’s contact information, planning the sleepover ahead of time, and allowing this to be a teaching moment for my child and for us as parents. I believe that I had to step out of my comfort zone to allow the process to move forward with the sleepover.
I had mixed emotions about this invitation and the expectations of my child to know that the level of maturity has been reached to sleepover successfully with others for a full night. I had to weigh the pros and cons before making my final decision and moving forward with the notion of my child staying the night away from home. I feel that I had to have a certain level of trust for the parents overseeing the night’s events. Also, the location of the sleepover played a major role for me. If I had to act in a time of emergency or if my child wanted something from home, it is crucial that the sleepover remained in our community.
However, I felt that this was a dilemma for me, my spouse, and my family. I feel that in this day and age that I have to protect my children and do so in a Godly way to know that my children are in the best hands as possible to grow outside of the home. I had to ask myself a few questions about sleepover and to know that it can be a time for my child to learn about sharing and an exciting time to explore true independence by sleeping away from home. I had to learn to trust my mom sense and to trust God, and forget about parent peer pressure and to do what is best for my child when it comes to sleep overs.
7 Top Tips
1. Do you know the parents well?
2. Am I comfortable with the families lifestyle?
3. Is my child emotionally ready to spend time away from home?
4. Is my spouse in agreement with me?
5. Location of the sleepover?
6. How long is the sleepover?
7. Contact information, other children in the home, resources for the sleepover?
What tips do you have before you allow your children to go to sleep overs?