Last night my daughter attended her very first sleepover birthday party.
When we received the invitation I was hit with a little wall of dread. I knew the day was coming but I wasn’t ready to deal with it! All three kids have been talking about sleepovers a lot the past few months. Some of their friends have already been having them.
So here was my daughter invited to an 8th birthday party at 7 on a Saturday night with the option to leave that night or stay over. Truly though, there was no option, as when she got wind of the invite she was 150% sleeping over!
My practical husband, so good at grounding my hysteria, when asked what he thought, gave the thumbs up and told me it would be okay. (He also agreed to be the one to make the late night run to get her if it would be needed!) As I discussed this with some friends, thinking my anxiety level was little crazy (and I should add that this is a mom that I know and love and trust), I was surprised with how many asserted they won’t ever let their kids attend sleepovers. I mean I was really shocked.
My dynamic is to get anxious, realize I am being crazy (this blog isn’t called manic mommy for nothing!), and have my husband normalize me so my children don’t get completely screwed up. It’s so crucial that we don’t let our issues become our kids issues. Because here’s the deal, sleepovers are a rite of passage for a child. They are certainly a wonderful memory from my childhood and I want my kids absolutely to have that experience as well. So she went, of course!
And guess what? She had a great time and arrived home safe and sound this morning, albeit the lack of sleep is clearly already starting to affect her mood.
I’m curious…what’s your rule with sleepovers?