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Your Kid’s First Sleepover- How To Handle It

by | February 16, 2019

The time has finally come when your kid’s first sleepover happens at a friend’s house. Most moms initial reactions are “why not just have it here?” to which your kid replies “Because it’s not my birthday, it’s Leigh’s!” Sleepovers are a great way to help your kid strengthen their friendships as well as develop some independence in a safe way, they’re nearly a right of passage for many as they transition into teen-hood. Here are some tips on how to handle your kid’s first sleepover ‘away’ from you.

Your Kid's First Sleepover- How To Handle It
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Your Kid’s First Sleepover- How To Handle It

Meet the Family

It’s important to not just have a brief phone call or group chat with the parents of all of the kids coming, so at least try to meet up with the hosting parent beforehand. Meeting for a quick cup of coffee at your local café to discuss time and place logistics, who else is attending, and of course, ensuring your child’s vegan lifestyle will be accommodated are some points to touch on. You can offer to provide vegan-friendly options for everyone to try so that your kid doesn’t feel left out from enjoying sleepover treats.

Do a Trial Run at Home

If your child is feeling a little bit uneasy about the sleepover, you can do a trial run at home before the actual sleepover. For the trial run, you can either invite a friend or cousin to come sleep over at your place or you can have your kid try sleeping over at grandma’s or their favorite aunt’s place for one night. Having the mock-sleepover in an environment they are already comfortable in is an easy way to prepare them in advance.

Stay “On-Call”

There’s always at least one child who calls home in the middle of the night needing to be picked up because they either are too nervous to sleep or had an “accident”. It may be your little one who needs to come back home and that’s okay. Let them know that it’s alright if they need to come home for whatever reason and ensure that they are aware that you will have your phone on your bedside dresser with the ringer on if they need you-even if it’s just to send you a quick text to know that they’re having fun.

How did you handle your kid’s first sleepover? Any advice? Let me know in the comments below.


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Gabriella Anaya

News Editor | Limoges, France | Gabriellaanaya@raisevegan.com

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