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Promote occasional sleepovers as being beneficial for kids?
Read on to find out how overnight stays – usually from the age of around seven or eight upwards — can in fact provide a chance for children to build up independence, boost social and self-advocacy skills, and more... (all are advantages and ith Teepees and Fun we make it easy!)
1. Children get to try new experiences
'A sleepover is a great way for children to experience things like new foods and cultures – and maybe even a completely different way of living,'
Don't worry if your child doesn't jump for joy at the thought of staying at someone's house without you (although many will). You'll know they're ready when they say they'd like to try it and start packing a bag and planning games to play. You could suggest they try out a sleepover with cousins or grandparents first – or what about kicking off by hosting a sleepover at your house? 'If you do this, keep it small,' 6 to 8 kids is ideal!
2. It helps build up independence
'As parents, we should be building up little chunks of independence that enable our children to manage without us for short stretches of time – and sleepovers are a good way of achieving this in a safe and controlled environment. Sleepovers can also enable children to learn new skills – for example, packing clothes, getting ready for bed without mum and dad being around, and overcoming separation anxiety.
3. Children get to make and strengthen relationships
Sleepovers are a terrific bonding exercise for children – and if your child isn't the only one invited on the sleepover, they might make some new friends too.
Give a few options, such as a craft project, table tennis or football outside, or a movie. Having a plan helps children find common ground. And most children need some guidance on activities in order to keep the pace going and to maintain interest.'
4. It aids social advocacy and communication skills
Without you there to rely on, children are forced into doing more things for themselves – whether that's asking for a drink or just figuring out where the bathroom is. This, agree experts, can be an important step in personal development.
5. Children learn how to behave in someone else's home
Every household has its own rules and expectations – and sleepovers give youngsters an opportunity to learn that social boundaries can be different, and how to adapt to those. Whether their friend's parents are stricter, or more chilled out, it's all good practice for operating in the real world.
6. Sleepovers are fun for kids!
Kids need downtime and fun – and a sleepover with friends offers them just that.
Michelle Horne, mum to three boys aged seven, eight and 10, who regularly hosts sleepovers – including up to 10 children at once – couldn't agree more. 'As long as everything is turned off by midnight-ish, that's fine by us. Listening to them giggle and just being kids is one of the great pleasures of being a parent.
Some tips to reduce sleepover anxiety
Turn your child's bedroom into a magical fairy tale. 'It's reassuring for those kids who are afraid of the dark when they away from home and helps them get to sleep.
We know it very well that is why in our parties we always leave lights that can be left during the whole night on. Our unicorns and teddy bears are so sweet that will make the dreams of the kids sweet and soft. And we bring a lot!!! so they will feel they are not alone, when sleeping in friend's houses
Sleeping with your best friend will help even if your are not in your own bed or home. That is why we designed our teepees to accomodate 2 kids, or even 3.
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Source: Kate Hilpern (PRIMA)