Turning the Tables : Here is a Sleep-Over Guide for Kids Parents: Teach Your Kids the Rules for a Successful
Focus on what kids should
BE PICKY One of the most
common mistakes when planning a sleepover is to invite too many kids.
Before sending e-vites, consider who you really want there. Do you have a
couple BFF’s (best Friends forever)? Stick with them and call the list
complete. Too many kids can cause the potential for drama and chaos to
THINK ABOUT THE DYNAMICS Nothing hurts a
sleepover more than attendees fighting, bullying, and/or ignoring each
other. When deciding who to invite, consider how the potential invitees
get along. Does everybody know each other? Instead of having one
big party with lots of different groups of people, or people who don’t get
along, think about having a couple different events (for example, one for your
BFF’s from school and another with your friends from the neighborhood).
PLAN SOMETHING Kids can usually
find activities to do on their own at a party, but most kids agree that having
at least one or two planned activities makes the event even more awesome.
Cake decorating contests, scooter races,movie marathons – what would keep you
and your buddies entertained for a few hours?
CRISIS MANAGEMENT Even if you do
your best to plan a super-fun, drama-free sleepover, there is the possibility
that someone will get homesick or have an argument with another
party-goer. Talk to your parents about how you should deal with it.
It’s good to be prepared for these sorts of things.
SPEAKING OF PARENTS... What are your
expectations for your parents during the party? Do you want them to be
involved in the activities? Always remember, it's their house. Talk to
your family well before the party starts so everyone can agree on what to do on
the big day.
IS IT REALLY NECESSARY?
Sure, sleepovers can be tons of fun – but is it really
what you want to do? Is there another way you could get together with
your friends and have a good time? Think outside the box when it comes to
party planning – you just may come up with the next new trend in birthday
More tips to remember for a successful
* Give first-time guests a tour of your home.
You probably won't want a 3 AM visitor roaming the
halls in search of the bathroom.
* Make sure guests know your family's house rules
This includes notice as to where in the home (such as
the parents' room or office) is off-limits to play.
* Make contact with the parents
You'll need to know how to reach them that evening,
overnight, and in the morning. Ask whether the child has any food or pet
allergies you should be aware of. Clear any plans you have to go out and leave
the kids with a babysitter with the guests' parents before they drop her off.
Keep the parents' phone numbers handy.
*Stay within earshot of the kids at all times
Out of eye-sight; maybe. But always within hearing
distance so you can ensure the night is going as planned.
* Prepare guest comforts for each child
Have disposable cups available. Provide guest towels
on a guest towel rack. If there's no room for another rack, put a hook on the
back of the bathroom door just for guest towels.
Keep one drawer empty for guest toiletries. If space
is an issue, a caddy or basket will work nicely.
* Let the kids know when you're going to
bed and that you expect them to tone down the activity volume accordingly.
This is the time to reconfirm your previously chosen
The keys to a successful sleep-over
experience - Supervision & Cooperation!