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Sleepovers for Kindergarteners

While you may think you're the only one stressing over your child's first sleepover, you're not. Children are apt to feel nervous and/or excited about their first sleepover, too.

You can lessen the stress that both you and your child feel by preparing together for the big event.

Tips for the First Sleepover

You'll want to make sure your child is comfortable with the person they're having the sleepover with, especially if it's at their house. Make sure your child has had a play-date with his or her friend before and clearly seems to have fun and get along with them. This will also give you the opportunity to meet the other parents and make sure you're both on the same page. This little step will give you the confidence boost that you need to proceed with the sleepover. However, don't start panicking once the big day arrives.

Try these parenting tips instead:

  • Pack everything that she/he may need on the sleepover. Now, this doesn't mean to go way overboard and fill five bags. Just remember to pack things that make your child feel comfortable, like their pillow, blanket, favorite stuffed animal, etc.
  • Go over the schedule with your child. You'll need to find out beforehand from the other parents what's on the agenda for the nigh—a movie, dinner at a restaurant or just staying in. This way you can make your child aware of the experience and how they should act.
  • Set a clear time to pick up your child. This will let your child know exactly when to expect you and if they experience any stress or uneasiness it might help them get through it.
  • Make sure your child knows that they can call you if they needs to. However, don't encourage them to call you every hour because this will interrupt their good time, and possibly yours.
  • Go over the basic rules of etiquette. Make sure your child knows that every family has a different set of rules and that they need to listen to the other parents, just like they do with you. Also, remind them to say "please" and "thank you," especially when the sleepover comes to an end.

Remember, Sleepovers are Fun for Kids

Ultimately, there will come a time when your child won't be scared or nervous about having sleepovers and they'll want to participate in them frequently. Let them know that sleepovers are supposed to be fun and that if they need anything you are there for them. Also, it's important for you to remain calm about sleepovers because the stress you show will inevitably be transferred to your child.