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Kids' Sleepovers Always Fraught?

October 9th, 2011 at 07:45 pm

DD had a friend over for a sleepover last night. We took them out for pizza, then they came home to watch a movie. But DD can never sleep with someone over--and usually they're both so tired it's tough on all of us the next morning. Her friend slept in one of the guest room beds, but at midnight, DD came crying in to sleep with us.

Are all kids' sleepovers so fraught with anxiety? I remember loving a sleepover with friends, and I feel like a big meanie when I limit hers but they're so tough on her.

We spent nothing today except at church, listened to the Brewers win the first game of the NLCS, and I graded papers. Beautiful weather here so we had a walk too.

No definite word yet on M-I=L's funeral date, so I'll wait to book until tomorrow. My F-I-L seems to be doing well. He's in his 80s, and they were married 59 years. I love him to bits, and if insurance wasn't an issue, I'd love to him live with us in the US.

7 Responses to “Kids' Sleepovers Always Fraught?”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    I was always so annoyed when my friends were whiny cry babies when they came over for sleepovers (or sometimes at their own homes). LOL. I just didn't get that gene - I can sleep anywhere no problem. (This is just after posting that I hate vacation because I love my bed - guess I am worse with age. But besides for the annoying sore back, yeah, I can sleep anywhere no problem). Which is kind of funny because I was the clingy scaredy cat kid, but I thought sleepovers were pretty cool!

    Anyway, I do remember keeping up my parents all night with sleepovers, so haven't wanted to go down that road. Probably easier to avoid with boys. I figured we'd be driving kids home middle of the night and stuff - definitely at this age - I doubt I would have to go pick up my child (begging to go home at 1am). I suppose I am confident in that since they sleep over with all kinds of family all the time (4 different homes in San Jose). But kids are all different - probably doesn't phase some, and others just want their beds and their parents, and don't like the change of pace.

  2. Petunia in an OP Says:

    Daisy needs lots of sleep and doesn't function well without it. We've pretty much prohibited sleepovers. She does share a tent or cabin with other girls when we camp either as a family or with our scout group.

    I also feel kind of like a big meanie, but I don't think sleepovers are trully a necessity. She'll probably let her children have as many sleepovers as they want. Smile
    Sorry about your MIL.

  3. laura Says:


    We do "late nights" (and call them so), come at 6:30 and eat pizza, have snacks, watch a movie, chat, but go home at 10:30!

  4. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Our DS has never had a problem with sleepovers. At the first one he went to, the parents reported to us that he asked for decaf coffee at their breakfast table, but that was the only drama. "Do you serve decaf to him at home?" "Never. But his grandparents do when he stays with them." Yes the kids go to bed really late, get hardly any sleep, but somehow their energies are restored.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    "We do "late nights" (and call them so), come at 6:30 and eat pizza, have snacks, watch a movie, chat, but go home at 10:30!"

    That's a really good idea - will have to think about that. I think we'd have to push it to 11:00 or midnight to sell my own kids (they go to bed late anyway), but my dh is always up later than midnight, so could work. Big Grin

  6. My English Castle Says:

    I like the late night idea. I'm going to peddle that around here. Thanks, Laura.

  7. Looking Forward Says:

    I forget, how old is your DD?
    My DD is 10 now and has never had a problem with her going somewhere or having friends over, so I guess we've been lucky. I have always been prepared for her friends to have problems just in case, but no trouble thus far. I think it gets better as they get older so I wouldn't give up trying. And I really like Laura's idea of a "Late Night" get-together.

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