On Sleepovers and Milestones

  1. D. says:

    My 6 year old daughter just had a friend sleepover for the first time on Friday night. This friend was totally nonchalant about the whole thing, but I doubt my sensitive girl will be ready to stay the night away for a while yet. And honestly, that’s totally okay with me. 

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      I know what you mean. I think of some of the things that happened when I was at sleepovers and shudder for my kids. I’m thinking in particular of the 4th grade sleepover I went to where we all slept in the basement rec room and the friend (whose parents were very nice and respectable, by the way) got out her dad’s “hidden” 70s Playboy magazines for us all to look at. I’m pretty sure her parents would have wanted to DIE if they had found out…

  2. See, it’s these kind of things I love reading about. I know all the big stuff that is going to happen as they grow, but you never think about these kind of milestones. Thanks 🙂

    • suburbanturmoil says:

       I’ve learned that every milestone comes when you don’t expect it, too, which is a great reminder to appreciate every single moment. Even the annoying ones. Easier said than done. 🙂

  3. kshemtov says:

    My one and only had her first sleepover at 6. She is THE most social kid I’ve ever known and it was at a family friend’s house so I figured she would be just fine. I didn’t get any call but I secretly enjoyed hearing that I almost got a call in the wee hours. She’s 7 now and I’m not in any hurry to get on the sleepover bandwagon at our house!

    • suburbanturmoil says:

       I have to admit, I’m feeling a little bit of dread about our first spend the night party here. I’m sure it will be fun until 12:30am, when all I want to do is sleep and the party shows no signs of slowing down…

  4. Melissa says:

    Our 3-year-old has sleepovers at his grandparents’ houses sometimes (my husband’s parents more than mine, since my parents are only living here part-time due to my dad’s job) and is SUCH a champ about it. When we drop him off and explain that he’s going to spend the night he says “Oh, okay! Bye-bye!” and runs off and I have to chase him down for a kiss. LOL And he is so good at his sleepovers! Last time he spent the night at my mom and dad’s house, my mom said “Okay, time for bed” and my kiddo said “Okay!” and hopped down off the couch and trotted off toward the stairs, dragging his blanky behind him. My little brother and his fiancee were hanging out there that night and were pretty shocked. 🙂 We’re blessed to have the grandparents close by. His first sleepover was when he was just 18 months old at my husband’s parents’ house so we could have an overnight date for our anniversary. I think when we get to the age of sleepovers at friends houses he’ll do just fine. At least I hope so!

  5. Jennistn says:

    When my son was 3, he began staying over at his best buddy’s and vice versa. Never had an issue thank goodness! He began spending a week with his grandparents before he was 2.

  6. […] One of the great parts about enrolling kids in activities is gaining a little space and free time, but that separation can be harder than you expect. Over at Suburban Turmoil, Lindsay discusses both the triumph and sadness of her daughter’s growing social life in On Sleepovers and Milestones. […]

  7. […] in about that order. You preferred hanging out with us over doing things with your friends, and told us you definitely were not ready for sleepovers. You’d miss us too […]

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