Ok so our oldest son Harry is almost 6yrs old and currently in year 1 at school. I’ve heard that a couple of his friends have already begun to have sleepover’s and stay at friend’s houses overnight. Harry has only ever slept at Granny and Grandads house without us, but he’s expressing a keen interest in wanting to have a friend sleep at our house. When is the right time? Is it too soon?
When I think of my experience of sleepover’s as a child, I think of me gearing up to the best most exciting night with friend’s..then the anxiety would kick in and I would telephone my mum to get her to come and pick me up. This went on even into my early teens!!! I loved the idea of the giggling, late night, popcorn and movie, but as the nights would get later and I became more and more tired, all I would ever want was to be home. I actually think I missed my family (how sad was I?!!).
As long as there is a promise of a ‘midnight feast’, most children jump at the idea. Harry thinks that a midnight feast is them going to bed and sneaking down to help themselves to treats and snacks before they go to sleep! A friend of mine recently told me that her son and his friend got excited about a 9pm midnight feast!!
With all children there is that very fine line between tiredness and exhaustion and if they go to bed too late, you run the risk of sensitive, emotional terrors! Parents number’s must be on speed-dial and maybe for a ‘first time’ sleepover, have a cut off time where movie goes off and lights go out. We’ve promised Harry that he can have a friend over before Easter, so we’ll see how that goes and whether we survive whatever dramas the night brings!
What are your experiences?