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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Planning a Sleep Over for Children

If your child has been begging to have their first sleep over, with a little planning it can go off without a hitch. First of all, if you have a younger child, keep the group small. Children tend to get crabby when they get tired and you can wind up with several crying unhappy children if you have a larger group. For your child's first sleep over, keep it small and simple.

Figure out a friend or two that your child would like to invite and call their parents to make sure they are on board with the idea. If everyone is in agreement, you're halfway there!

Next plan some snacks for the kids to have. Steer clear from extremely sugary filled sweets as they will only rev up the kids and cause them to crash and excessive sugar has shown to cause behavior problems in some children. Stick to healthier snacks such as veggies and dip, baked cheesy sticks or sugar-free Jell-O cut outs are usually a wiggly jiggly hit too. Let them stay up a little later than their usual bed times and when it is time to hit the sack, let them sleep in a kids sleeping bags in a den or the bedroom floor. Children usually love this aspect of a sleep over - not because it is a particularly comfortable sleep but because it is so different from the norm.

The next day, make happy face pancakes and get everyone's day off to a great start!

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