I think I’m doing well here, but I wanted to check with the blogging world at large: my 11yo A- has one of her best pals over for a sleepover tonight and I think all is going well, but ya never know. Truth be told, this is the first sleepover I’ve “hosted” for my girl at my new place too.
Which leads to an interesting concern: I made sure it was very clear to the other girl’s Mom that the sleepover was at my place, not Linda’s, because I thought that there was a non-zero, albeit small, chance that she’d say that my place wouldn’t work out after all. I might be paranoid about that, but I can envision some parents thinking “uh, my daughter, your daughter, and Dad, solo? No thanks.”
Anyway, back to the sleepover…
We picked up the other girl from her house around 5pm and went out for a quick dinner (Noodle & Company), then popped over to the market so they could get a special dessert (Ben & Jerry’s comes through again, Phish Food and Vanilla) and then to Blockbuster to let them get a movie (Dinotopia).
Once we got home I actually did the dishes and folded laundry while they were watching their movie (gadzooks, have I really become this domestic?!) then around 9pm turned off the four hour long! film and encouraged them to play a game.
So they did, Cranium’s terrific Zooreka. At 9:30 it was time to get into pajamas, 9:45 was lights out. 10pm was really lights out, and at 10:45 I went in and told them that it really was time to sleep or I’d have to separate ’em for the night.
As far as I can tell, they then actually went to sleep. 🙂
I don’t know when the other girl usually goes to bed, but I can say that A- goes to bed at 8:30pm on school nights and anywhere between 8:30 and 9:00pm on weekends.
Anyway, now you know the entire evening sequence of events. What’s your take, dear blog reader? Is this the right way to host a sleepover, or do you just lock the door, stuff a towel under it, and walk away, assuming that they’ll be zombies, the living dead, the next morning, but that it’s just part of girls and sleepovers?