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View Poll Results: Do you allow sleepovers?
Yes 62 76.54%
No way! 7 8.64%
Maybe 12 14.81%
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Old 01-07-2018, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Skeffington View Post
My daughter reminded me of a funny story about one slumber party we had, when she was 14 or 15. It was Sunday afternoon, and most of the friends were still here, hanging out. We heard a loud "thump thump thump" coming from the back porch. We (me, my daughters and 4 girls) went out to investigate. The thumping was coming from the trash can, standing on the ground next to the back porch. I noticed the lid was off, and we all looked in. I saw beady eyes looking up at me, and a white stripe...

The girls were all screaming, "A SKUNK! A SKUNK!" I called the non-emergency line for the police department, and was (long story short) told to call Animal Control, but was basically given the run around. Since it was Sunday, none of the offices they told me to call were in. I called the police department back, and was told to "put the garden hose in the trash can and drown it."

We couldn't do that, of course. Oldest daughter and I decided to put the lid on the can, carry it over to the adjacent field, count to 3, dump it, and run like heck. We did this, while the other girls stayed back in our driveway, screetching. The skunk waddled off into the woods, and nobody got sprayed.
LOL that must have been a highlight of their slumber party! And brave daughter. We have skunks around here and, although I have never dealt with one super close, they seem far more laid back then I ever thought they would be. They just sort of waddle around like they don't realize their super power. Maybe they are used to being left alone because of their stink.
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:47 PM
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sleepovers are among some of my favorite childhood memories.
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Old 01-08-2018, 12:06 AM
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My kids were kinda "weird" when it came to their friends sleeping over at our house. We always gave them the impression that we didn't mind it (with any of their few close friends), but they always said they didn't want any of their friends to get too "comfortable" over here...lol
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Old 01-08-2018, 02:44 AM
Location: Silicon Valley
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I used to love it as a kid, but it was a different time I suppose. Mine doesn't even want to try. When she has friends over she's generally leading the charge to make sure there is a pickup and return time. She likes her sleep more I guess.
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Old 01-08-2018, 05:35 AM
Location: SW Florida
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We rarely did sleepovers either at our house or at my kids' friends. I had to know the parents very well and one of my boys always called and wanted to come home.
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Old 01-08-2018, 06:30 AM
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I just had 6 girls at my house this weekend for my daughter's bday.
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Old 01-08-2018, 05:26 PM
Location: New Yawk
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Yes, quite often.
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by parentologist View Post
Of course! Sleepovers are a ton of fun for the kids. I was cautious about it, educated my children appropriately about molestation, but I wouldn't have let this fear stop my kids from experiencing the fun of sleepovers.

It's possibly to feed them all inexpensively. I usually do a couple of pizzas with a coupon from online, a couple of bags of chips, supermarket ice cream on sale, maybe a huge cake from Costco. Maybe the cost of it all is $50? I can certainly afford it, and it makes the kid really, really happy.

I prefer when it happens here, and it almost always does happen here, because we have a great backyard, a fun kid basement, and I'm happy to have it all here, despite the noise, mess, and cost of the food, because I know my kid is happy, and I get to know his friends a little. Completely opposite of what I grew up with. My mother proudly announced to whomever would listen, "Never buy a swing set, or all the neighborhood kids will be over playing in YOUR backyard!" She never did, and she never wanted children over at her house. We've been completely the opposite. I'm delighted that my kids' house is the play house in our neighborhood. Best thing possible for my kids.

Around here, if a family won't let their kid sleepover, it's unusual.

An alternative for young kids is to have a "sleepunder" party, where the kids come for play, dinner, more play, maybe a movie together, and then go home at about ten PM to sleep at home.

We do this fairly often and they are called "lateovers" here. We also do the sleepover thing....I think that they are fun and the kids make great memories. I loved doing them when I was a kid.

Ditto on preferring the kids are at our house....I love when the friends all feel comfortable here. Happy to open our home to all their friends.
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by CGab View Post
I have seen a thread on this but it was from 2012.

Do you allow your kids to have their friends sleepover?

We do and every time I do I ask myself "Why do I"! The kids stay up late, I typically feed them a ton of food and snacks and it just seems to be a pain in the rear!

My 2 girls each have a friend staying over tonight, which are also sisters. All the kids are good, but is it really necessary to do this and what is the obsession with sleep overs with kids?
Kids did this in the 50's! And every year since. It's fun! Kids love it so of course I allowed it when my kids lived at home. I so miss those days.
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:32 PM
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When I was growing up my BFF and I spent the night at each other's houses every weekend and we lived in very small houses. I looked forward to it all week. We had so much fun!
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