We don’t do sleepovers with our boys.
Now, before you throw shade my way and tell me how it is awful, let me add some more fuel to the fire so you throw shade only once. We do allow our boys to have sleepovers with their adult siblings. We have four grown kids, and we allow our boys to have a sleepover at their homes or have had them watch the boys at our home when we have been gone for mini vacations.
So throw shade my way, we still don’t do sleepovers.
We have amazing friends that have offered to have our 9-year-old come over for a sleepover. When we reply that we don’t do sleepovers, we are met with questions as to why.
When we answer, it really isn’t earth-shattering. It is not due to a tragedy or anything that happened. It is not that we have trust issues because we don’t, or another reason that is hush-hush.
And yes, I did sleepovers when I was growing up. I remember the late-night dance competitions and the eating snacks until you feel like you are going to throw up, and all those experiences I had as a young girl.
For our boys, now 9 and 5, we don’t want them to do sleepovers at a friend’s house. We think for them, it is best if we have play dates that end when the sun goes down and they come home to wind down, brush their teeth, and sleep in their own beds. We prefer them to be asleep in our home where we can check on them and be there if they get up in the middle of the night, or if they have trouble falling asleep or need us to refill their water bottle.
We decided that sleepovers are a no-go for us.
This doesn’t make us better parents or control freaks; this makes us parents that have made the best choice for our boys for now. Will this change? Maybe and maybe not.
So to my friends that ask our boys over for a sleepover, it is not YOU, it is US. We just don’t do sleepovers.
Are you a fan of sleepovers or are you a no-sleepover family?