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In the life of a pre-teen, sleepovers can be a big deal. It’s their time to shine and host friends at their home. Make it the best it can be by following these five steps to a tear-free evening.

1. Have a Plan

Before the event arrives, be sure to have a plan in place. What activities will you be doing? Is there going to be a bedtime? What movies will they watch? The best laid plans before a group of friends comes over will keep them busy and keep the tears to a minimum. So where do you start? Keep it simple, and try creating a theme. It can be a dream team where they where a jersey and watch athletic movies. It can be a luau where they get to dress up in homemade skirts and enjoy pineapple pizza. The options are unlimited and so much easier when you put a theme to your event. Tip: Be sure to ask about any dietary restrictions beforehand!

2. Choose the Participants

Surely there are big ideas to have a massive party where everyone is going to get along. But knowing your child, and your family, are you ready to host more than five girls or boys? If this is your first sleepover, start with one

guest. Later, advance to three invitees. Ideally, you will want to keep your numbers even to avoid leaving anyone out. Knowing the children and their families is also important. Talk to their parents ahead of time and fill them in on your plan set for the evening. Don’t be offended if they ask questions or want to check out your house. This is their baby they are sending away for an entire evening!

3. The Sticky Situations

In addition to picking up valuables or delicate objects around the area the group will be staying in, you will want to prepare siblings and spouses for your extra guests. For younger siblings, plan separate activities with you so they don’t feel left out. For older children, make their space a Keep Out Zone for the party guests. Another case you will want to get ready for is the inevitable tears, homesickness, and teasing. It’s important to be accessible to your child’s guests and let them know where you will be if they have a situation they would like


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