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How Young Is Too Young for a Sleepover?

How Young Is Too Young for a Sleepover?

Sleepovers were a regular event in my house growing up, so I was surprised to learn that some parents don’t agree with the practice.

In fact, it had never occurred to me that a parent would ban his or her child from a sleepover until I read an excerpt from Amy Chua’s 2011 book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. In the book, Chua explains that she forbade her children from all frivolous activities, including childhood sleepovers. Her take on sleepovers both surprised and confused me. Aren’t kids supposed to play truth or dare at sleepovers? Aren’t they supposed to stay up all night, do makeovers and gossip with one another? Read more

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How To Host Your Child’s First Sleepover

1. Schedule the Sleepover.

Determine what age your child is ready to have a sleepover. A good rule is to add 6 months to the date that the child first starts asking for a sleepover. Of course every child is different, but generally sleepovers start somewhere between the ages of 6 and 9. By this age, your child may already have had an opportunity to sleep over at the grandparents’ house, and will feel comfortable with being away from home. Needless to say if your child misbehaves at any point before the sleepover, threaten to cancel the sleepover as a behavior modification tool. Read more