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'My Kid Is a Sleepover Junkie!'

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Guest blogger Lizzie: The most favorite of all things in my 9-year-old daughter's world is The Sleepover. There's rarely a week that passes without her having planned one with her best friend. "Mom, can I spend tomorrow night at Angel's?" she asks, every single Thursday (well, almost). "If it's OK with her mom, it's OK with me," I say. I have uttered those words on a weekly basis since the kindergarten days. I should feel bad that she would rather spend the night out than have a friend spend the night in -- but I don't. I love my daughter, but having her out of the house is like a mini-vacation for me and my husband. The house is less chaotic. Quiet. Enjoyable, even. (And we have two other kids!)

girls in sleeping bag

Angel, of course, is always welcome here, and we have tried to have her sleep over --but get this: She's scared. Of what, I don't know. Maybe our house has a creepy mojo. What I do know is that every time she's tried, we end up getting a tap-tap-tap on the shoulder at 1 AM and a request to drive her back to safety. We don't even bother inviting anymore.

It's unfortunate that Angel's mother does an unfair share of the hosting duties, but we have an understanding. She insists that when my kid is there, it's like a mini-vacay for them, too, as when their daughter is occupied with ours, it's like she's not even there. I get it.

So really, it's like both families have a revolving door of sleepovers, with my daughter doing the revolving. But since it works for both of us, who am I to complain?

Are your kids as crazy about sleepovers as mine is?

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tennmom May 9, 2010, 4:42 PM

My girls are 10 and 12, also sleepover junkies. My 10 year old spends at least one night every weekend with my parents. She occasionally spends the night with a friend.
Thing is, the other girls prefer to stay at my house. I don’t mind, they are great girls, but it is hard for me to sleep with “extra” kids here. I tend to keep one ear open in case someone wants to go home, feels sick, gets hurt or scared.
I’ve had the same best friend for 34 years. She always wanted to spend the night at my house, too. My parents didn’t mind.

laughing mom May 10, 2010, 5:56 AM

I know exactly how you feel. My daughter who is now 14 is a sleepover junkie too. She started around age 8 with her best friend and now spends the night over at her house religously. Her mother is my friend and loves my daughter. She has told me many times that she does not mind my daughter being there in fact if she is not there it just feels funny. Her daughter does spend the night with us on occasion, but they prefer to go her friend’s house because there are no little brothers there to bug them. Since they are teenagers and my son is only 9 I can fully understand that. I do however try to make it fair and help out with any driving that needs to be done and I also try to have her daughter over at our house too.

Elizabeth May 22, 2010, 10:23 AM

totally and completely. since age 5

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