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9 Sleepover Tips Every Parent Should Know

9 Sleepover Tips Every Parent Should Know
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Parents naturally want to protect their kids and keep them safe and out of trouble. Trusting your kid will be safe at school or with babysitters can be hard enough, but when it comes to sleepovers—even with family and close friends—it can be difficult to let go and trust your kid to someone else’s care.

However, almost every child is going to want to spend the night at their best friends’ homes, go to an overnight camp, or have friends over for the night at your home at some point.

Mentally preparing yourself for sleepovers can make them easier to accept and much less stressful for both parents and kids alike. Here are a few sleepover tips so that slumber parties won’t make you pull your hair out..

1. Make sure your child is ready

As the parent, you will be the best judge of whether or not your child is ready for sleepovers, and whether or not a particular sleepover is a wise idea. Some kids may be perfectly fine at seven or eight while others might not be ready until their teen years.

If they don’t sleep easily on their own, if they wet the bed, or if they still wake up and come to your bed for comfort they might not be ready quite yet. Basically, they should have good “sleep skills” before attending sleepovers: able to fall asleep themselves without your help or much fuss and be able to sleep through the night with few interruptions.

You can always try out a few “late-overs” first (letting your child stay late but picking them up to sleep at home), or a sleepover with grandma or cousins to see how they handle being without you.

Some parents or kids may never be comfortable with sleepovers for whatever reason and that is fine, too. It’s ultimately a decision for you as a parent and you have to trust your gut.

Knowing if your child is ready

    2. Chat with fellow parents

    One of the best ways to have an easier time with sleepovers is to coordinate the details with fellow parents and get to know them in advance.

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    Think about it like this: do you know them well enough to loan them your car for a night? If you would have objections about giving them your keys then sending your kid over may not be wise!

    If you are the host, reach out to the parents via phone or in person, make sure you have their current contact information handy, ask if there are any allergies to be aware of, or if there are any other things you need to know about their stay with you. Make it clear if you are planning activities like swimming that would require special clothes or gear so there’s no upsets.

    If you are sending your kid to a sleepover, check in with the other parent let them know the same thing. See what the evening will entail so you know what to pack. You might also want to ask who else will be in the house, their house rules and supervision plans, and other important questions.

    For kids with dietary restrictions, it’s always appreciated (and less stressful for you) if you send a ready-made meal and a few safe snacks along with your kiddo. Other parents may not be savvy with gluten-free/nut-free meals, despite their best intentions, and it’s often easiest just to avoid that stress for both parties.

    Get Chatty With Fellow Parents

      3. Explain sleepover etiquette and safety to your child

      Whether you’re hosting or sending, explain the rules and boundaries of sleepovers ahead of time to your child.

      Minding manners, being polite, and respecting rules and the homes of host parents are important points to cover. Kids can get mischievous in groups, so making it clear that they are still subject to normal rules and consequences can be a good idea.

      Safety is often the number-one concern for parents. When your child is going to someone else’s sleepover, make sure your kid has your phone number memorized and knows that they can call you at any time if they feel uncomfortable.

      Many parents also like to go over the basic aspects of physical safety with their kids. Parenthood.com has an excellent article on smart sleepovers, and safety expert Pattie Fitzgerald has a good short video and an article covering some of the concerns parents might have.

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      Explain Sleepover Etiquette & Safety to Your Child

        4. Simple is best

        When you are ready to plan a slumber party, remember that simple is always best—that goes for activities, food, or planning.

        You don’t need to have a three-ring circus in your living room to keep kids entertained. Often a few board games, a movie, crafts, or free play are more than enough. Don’t stress yourself out planning an action-packed night or a difficult outing.

        The same goes for food. You might be super proud of your cumin-scented pot roast and root vegetables that got 100 likes on Instagram, but the gaggle of grade-schoolers you’re serving may not appreciate it as much.

        So keep the food simple. Chicken strips or nuggets, veggies and dip, cut-up fruit, sandwiches, and pizza are just a few classic kid-friendly standbys that will make meal times smoother.

        If you have older kids over, you could also get them in on the fun by having them make their own pizzas, subs or tacos.

        Repeat This Mantra: Simple is Best

          5. Lay ground rules from the start

          One of the best ways to avoid arguments and problems during the night is to set firm but reasonable rules from the beginning. This might include where kids can play, indoor rules for your home, outside boundaries, soda limits, and internet/phone boundaries.

          Also, don’t forget to set a firm lights-out time to ensure everyone gets enough sleep. The last thing you’ll want to deal with are a bunch of cranky and tired kids the next morning. Plus, other parents will definitely thank you!

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          Keep in mind age-appropriate bedtimes for your group and plan accordingly. Remember, kids under 12 need at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night, and even teens need around nine hours.

          Lay Out Ground Rules from the Get Go

            6. Keep contact information in a central location

            Many savvy parents will already have contact info for the parents of their kids’ friends. But it can be extra helpful to print out all the names and numbers of parents whose kids will be at your sleepover ahead of time and keep it in an easy-to-find location like your purse or the fridge.

            This way if an issue or emergency pops up, you won’t have to search around for contacts or call dozens of numbers while dealing with a stressed or rowdy kid.

            Keep Contact Information in a Central Spot

              7. Pack the essentials, but get your kid’s input, too

              The core sleepover kit for younger kids includes a toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, pajamas, and at least one other outfit. Check to see if they need to bring their own sleeping bag and/or pillow.

              If your child likes to sleep with a specific stuffed animal or blanket toss that in, too. Don’t forget to ask them if there’s a specific toy or other item they want to take with them (within reason) so there’s no regrets or tears later. Run through a quick inventory checklist before you leave the house just to double check.

              Pack The Essentials for Your Kid, but Get Their Input, too

                8. Supervise, but don’t tyrannize

                If you are the host parent, it’s obviously your responsibility to supervise the kids in your care and make sure they don’t get hurt or do anything too crazy.

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                But most kids, especially in the middle school years, will want to spend some time giggling and playing with their friends without mom and dad looming over or leading every single action.

                Definitely check in from time to time, lay clear ground rules and keep both ears and eyes open, but don’t stress yourself out about watching them every single minute.

                If your child is away, you can also request a call before bed so that you can check in and make sure everything is okay without being too “embarrassing.”

                Supervise, But Don't Monopolize

                  9. Expect the unexpected

                  Expect the unexpected is the perfect saying for dealing with sleepovers and kids. You can plan the perfect slumber party to the T, but the kids might be more interested in an activity you didn’t plan, one or two kids might get homesick, the pizza might show up wrong, and someone might scrape a knee.

                  Be flexible with your plans and be prepared for deviations. If you are sending your child to a sleepover, make sure your phone is charged and handy and that you aren’t too far away in case something pops up.

                  For hosts, in addition to keeping parents’ contacts handy, keep a backup kid-friendly movie and a few extra snacks around, have basic first aid stuff and emergency numbers on hand, and remember—simple is best!

                  Spongebob Slumber Party

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                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                    Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                    By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                    Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                    83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                      84 write random letter

                        85 use a rubberband

                          86 dorm smell bad

                            87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                              89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                90 take a picture of the name card

                                  91 iron inside out

                                    92 old newspaper

                                      93 tumble try shoes

                                        keep a card like this

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                                            94 soap bar

                                              95 make a hole

                                                96 drop the battery

                                                  97 use a coozie

                                                    98 when taking a picture

                                                      use a clean dust pan

                                                        try a pants hanger

                                                          use your cellphone light

                                                            use a spring from an old pen

                                                              quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                user binder clips

                                                                  wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                    put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                      clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                        use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                          doritos are great for kindling

                                                                            use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                              use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                  use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                    almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                      sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                        unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                          cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                            remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                              turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

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                                                                                                    tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                      place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                        ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                          use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                            take pictures of friends holding items

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                                                                                                                put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

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                                                                                                                      good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                        turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                          50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                            the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                              add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                  hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                    stack your clothes vertically to see them all

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                                                                                                                                                user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                  a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                    rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                      use a soda pop tab

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                                                                                                                                                          51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                            52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                              rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                  use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                      59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                        60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                          hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

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                                                                                                                                                                              hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

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                                                                                                                                                                                    keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                      If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                        drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                          use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                            use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                              do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                  dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                    put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                      75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                        use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                            78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                              79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          88 before you throw away a post it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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