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Tips for Planning a Successful Sleepover Party

As soon as your guests arrive, go over all house rules with them and make it known they are expected to follow them. Some rules might include what rooms are off limits (such as the master bedroom), limits on phone and computer use, permission for TV shows and channels, and any other rules that may apply to your household. Just remember, although the rules are expected to be followed, it is still a sleepover party. Let the kids have a little fun, and try not to become overbearing. After all, it's only for one night!

Dealing with homesickness
A child is much less likely to become homesick if she is distracted by lots of games and activities, so make sure you have plenty planned on the night of your child's sleepover. If homesickness is a genuine concern, make sure every child attending knows she can come to you if she is feeling anxious about being away from home. It's important for your guests to know they can wake you up at any time during the night if they are sick, lonely, scared, or homesick. Be sure to leave a light on so they can safely find their way to your bedroom. Establish emergency, middle-of-the-night pickup plans with each child's parent beforehand. That way, if a child is insistent about going home at 3 a.m., you know it is acceptable to call her parents to have one come pick her up.

With all the basics covered, it's time to start planning the specifics of your child's sleepover party. Use this sleepover guide for great arts and crafts ideas, kids' movies, games and activities, and yummy, kid-friendly recipes to make your slumber party a smashing success!



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