8 Tips for Slumber Party Survival
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
If you have a tween girl, chances are you are planning or still trying to recover from your daughter’s first slumber party. Some of my best memories of childhood are the slumber parties with my best girlfriends, and I want that for my daughter too…but truthfully I never thought about the work and lack of sleep that the parents went through! Yet, I admit that when my daughter asked me for a slumber party to celebrate her 10th birthday, well I wanted to say ‘no’ and offer some more quieter and shorter alternatives. To me it did seem like a lot of work and the thought of 10 screaming 10 year old girls honestly scared me!
Now that the party is over though, boy am I glad my daughter convinced me that a slumber party was a great idea. Was it busy, and crazy and kind of loud? Well yes. Was it a bit of work? Of course. But honestly, it was pretty easy and super fun, and it was a night that my daughter will never forget.
What I’m telling you is this – don’t fret about a slumber party. There is a way for you to survive it while your daughter enjoys it. All it takes are a few simple tips to make your tween’s slumber party a huge success!
(Please note these tips are for young, tween girls in the 9-12 year old range – while some of these tips may work for younger girls, not all will and once they are teenagers I’m sure the rules have changed a bit as well).
1. Set a guest list that isn’t huge. 20 girls can get a bit crazy. A party with 6-10 guests is just perfect.
2. Discuss and determine the rules of the evening ahead of time with your daughter. Will there be a bedtime? Are there areas in the house that are off-limits to guests (upstairs where younger siblings are sleeping)?
3. Have one area that guests will be and make sure the girls stick together and don’t break off and away into cliques.
4. Have a plan and a schedule to keep the girls busy as bored girls scream more! Have dinner, crafts, music and movies planned ahead of time.