If your daughter is like most tween or young teen girls, she's probably already asked you if she can host a slumber party in your home. And if you're like most parents, you probably want to give it the green light, but have some hesitations. For instance, you may not be sure what's expected of you and other family members, and you may be concerned that the slumber party won't be successful. After all, kids of that age are wildly unpredictable, and the last thing you want is a group of bored and unhappy girls on your hands. Fortunately, there are a few strategies that you can implement that will hedge the bets in your favor.
Following are four ways that you can help ensure that your daughter's first slumber party is a smashing success.
Limit the Number of Guests
Although your daughter may pressure you to let her invite everyone in her class, keeping the first slumber party small is a better course of action, because it minimizes potential problems. Explain to her that if the first slumber party goes well, she can then begin to plan one that includes more kids. Keep in mind that this may be the first slumber party experience for the guests as well, and they may be more comfortable in a smaller group.
Have Two Adults on Hand
Even if the slumber party is small, it's best to have two adults on hand just in case anything goes wrong. For instance, if one of the guests get sick and needs to go home, you or the other adult can do the driving while the other person remains at home with the other kids.
Be Specific in the Invitations
Invitations to the slumber party should include pertinent details, such as drop-off and pickup times. You don't want to be left with stragglers the next morning if you've got plans that don't involve sticking around the house. You should also specify if they are to bring their own sleeping bags or whether you'll be providing them.
Order Pizza and Relax
All a good slumber party really needs is good friends, a few fun activities, such as games and movies, and lots of delicious food, like pizza. You can't go wrong with pizza, because even picky eaters can't resist it. Take a vote about what kind of pizza to get, call your local takeout pizza restaurant, and serve it on paper plates for minimal cleanup.Share
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