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Lynda Loveland: The trifecta of sleepovers (you were right!)

Posted February 1, 2012

Lynda Loveland

My husband and I summoned our courage and gave the OK. The kids were free to invite over one friend for a sleepover free-for-all.

Based on what my friends said and your comments, we went for it. The thinking is, if everyone has a friend, they all keep each other entertained.

We let the kids pick dinner. Of course, they chose pizza. I covered the table with a roll of white paper so they could draw on it. First time I’ve done that and it was a hit. After dinner, the kids made sundaes. That was also a hit.

It was interesting to watch the interaction among the kids. Sometimes, they all played together, as in hide and seek. Other times, they broke off in pairs.

I will admit it was a little difficult at the end of the night to get everyone settled. Also, my kids learned a big lesson about how a guest is treated. But overall, I think it was a big success! We’ll definitely do it again.

I was a little intimidated initially though. As we turned into our neighborhood with a car full of kids, my six-year-old son from the back seat says in a Darth Vader-esque voice, “Welcome to MY World!”

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • howdiditgettothis Feb 2, 2012

    I've definitely become more "social" for my childrens' sake, and that includes having an open door for their friends. They are welcome to have sleepovers a couple times a month with their friends. Things aren't always as smooth as they could be, but the kids have fun, even if we aren't always feeling up to it.

    We hope in a few years they will continue to want to hang out
    at our place, and still feel free to talk to us -- as they do now.

    They know we may not approve or agree, but at least they are telling us things now! Keep those lines of communication open! ;-)

  • lec0257 Feb 2, 2012

    That is great. Love your son's comment. Many times parents who are hosting the sleep over try to do too much for the guests. You did perfect. When kids make their own fun it is awesome to watch. Enjoy this time in their life. My youngest daughter is getting married in July, but there will be grand kids.

  • elliesmom Feb 2, 2012

    And now, there are 3 parents who "owe" you a night off :-) Good job keeping it loosely organized and fun!

  • carelesswhisper Feb 2, 2012

    Sounds nice. My husband already plans to embarrass our 15 month old daughter when she's old enough for sleepovers.

  • grnpnd7 Feb 2, 2012

    Thanks for giving it a try Lynda; as I said earlier, they were one of my favorite parts of childhood. And don't forget popcorn!