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20 Blogs to Read Before Saying YES to Letting Your Kid Sleep Over at a Friend’s House
February 4, 2013 | in Babysitting Jobs
There are many things to consider when you get that first invitation for your child to sleepover at a friend’s house. Is your child emotionally ready to stay away from you for a night? Can he take care of his own personal needs? Once you are sure your child is ready, you need to ask yourself if you are ready. It’s scary to let your child spend the night with another family. Before you agree to it, you have to make sure that you really trust the family. There are also several questions you need to ask yourself, such as “are sleepovers out of the question if my child has special needs?” and “how can I adequately prepare my child for being away from his usual comforts during the night?” Check out these 20 blogs to find answers to these questions and more before you let your kid sleepover with a friend.
Preparing the Child
Sleeping away from home for the first time is a big deal. Your child may be anxious, but you can help prepare her to go if she really wants to spend the night with a friend. Don’t force the issue if she seems scared. There will be other opportunities. Discuss the event with your child to make sure she knows what to expect while away. Make sure she feels comfortable calling you to come get her if she needs to. These five blog entries will give you some techniques for preparing your child for her first sleepover.
- Preparing Your Child for Their First Sleepover
- Is Your Child Ready for Her First Sleepover?
- Helping Your Child Prepare for Her First Sleepover
- Preparing Kids for Their First Sleepover
- Preparing for the First Sleepover
You’d think that it would be the kids who are nervous about sleeping away from home, but often the parents are just as anxious about their child being away for the night. Make sure that you reassure yourself that everything will be OK by asking questions of the parents she will be staying with. Find out who else will be there, if they keep guns in the house and what the plan of action is if something bad happens. It’s completely normal for questions about your child to start running through your head, like “what if he has a bad dream?” and “what if he wakes up and needs me?” and on and on. These concerns are natural and there are steps you can take to relieve some of your anxiety. These five blogs will give you some tips that could help.
- First Sleepover Anxiety… Mine, Not Hers!
- Parenting Challenge: Tolerating Worry
- As Kids Leave Home for Sleepovers and Summer Camps, Many Parents Also Need to Grow Up
- The Sleepover
- The First Sleepover
If your child has a special need, be it a food allergy, diabetes, Asperger’s, autism or something else, does that mean that you shouldn’t let him go on a sleepover? Think over what concerns you have and discuss them with someone who has been through this with their own child before. These five blog articles can help put your mind at ease about letting go a little and letting your child spend the night with a friend. Be careful to make his first time away for the night be with someone you trust to handle any crisis that may arise.
- The First Sleepover for Your Child with Special Needs
- Preparing for that First Slumber Party: For Parents of a Child with Diabetes
- Our Child’s First Sleep Over
- Should You Let Your Child Go to Sleepovers?
- The Sleepover
Unfortunately, there are things that you need to be aware of that have happened at sleepovers. The last thing you want to have happen to your child is for her to be in a dangerous situation, so it is really important to know a lot about the family before you allow your child to sleep over at a friend’s house. Your concerns are warranted because awful things have happened, but it’s also not logical to shelter your kids and never let them have fun experiences due to your concerns. Do what you can to protect her and then let her spread her wings. Check out these five blogs regarding sleepover concerns.
- Should We be Allowing Sleepovers
- A Doctor’s Guide to the Sleepover
- Important Sleepover Tips, Sleepovers… Should You or Shouldn’t You?
- Are Sleepovers Dangerous to Kids?
- Ensuring Domestic Tranquility During Sleepovers
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