I’m so proud of my 8yo son G- who last weekend tried to have a sleepover at a friend’s house. He ended up calling me at 9:45pm asking me to come pick him up (which I did, no problems, no judgment, no criticism, of course!) but I still think it was a success at some level.
What I’m wondering is if there was some way I could have helped set things up to be more of a success so he would have been able to sleep through the night…
I dropped him off at about 2:30pm at his friend’s house and they played the entire afternoon, running around and generally having a great time, as they always do together.
They had a good dinner and a smooth transition to bedtime.
The other boy fell promptly to sleep: he generally goes to sleep at least an hour earlier than G- because he wakes up at 6am most mornings (without external input, G- tends not to wake up until 8am or so).
My son, however, couldn’t get to sleep so early and while he lay there in the dark for at least an hour, finally the strange house and strange people must have gotten to him and he got up and asked the Dad if he could call me and ask me to pick him up.
I did, and it was quite funny because he didn’t know I’d bought a new car that afternoon (see my car buying experience story) so he walked out of their house, in pajamas and a heavy coat (very cute) and his eyes went Very Big upon seeing the new wheels!
He didn’t seem disappointed or ashamed of his late night call for Dad, and I was really glad I was there for him, but still, I kinda wish he’d have been able to make it through the night with his buddy.
His comment was “next time maybe I’ll take a stuffy” [stuffed animal] but my question to you, dear reader, is what else could we have done to help ensure a successful outcome? What can we do next time so he will be able to spend the entire night?