He thought he was broad-minded It all sounded so innocent and matter-of-fact. Hold it right there; let's rewind.
Skip to content. They are very close, like siblings, and fiercely protective of each other. Sometimes they ask to have group sleepovers, and we parents are stumped
As spring turns to summer, high school prom season is in full swing and there are inevitably more parents hosting slumber parties and sending their own kids to sleepovers. Last week, I was at a book event for The Myth of the Perfect Girland one parent asked me what I thought about sleepovers. A lively discussion ensued.
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When my year-old son acquired a big bedroom at the top of the house, out of earshot of the rest of the family, and with plenty of floor space and even a battered sofabed, it seemed natural to allow him to bring home a few mates to stay over after an evening out. I prefer him to travel in numbers at night, and as long as his guests are quiet, and their parents are aware of the arrangements, I condone this practice wholeheartedly. That is, until, among the bleary-eyed teens trooping down the staircase the next morning, I discovered a girl.
As he started spilling out the names, one sounded distinctly female. He politely said it seemed unfair that she misses out on the night of gaming fun because she is female. He noted no one was dating or interested in one another, they just all wanted to join in the gaming night.
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When you gotta go, you gotta go! Okay, its daddy-daughter time and the twosome are at their favorite fast-food joint having breakfast, letting mom sleep in for a change. When I first considered these options, my knee-jerk response was to do a quick fall-back to my normal stance — that safety comes first, always. But then I began to think about urinals and the possibility of her viewing male genitalia belonging to strangers and I began to wonder if my safety consciousness was overriding good judgment.
Sleepovers are traditionally one-gender only, but nowadays lots of people host fun sleepovers where everybody is invited. Learning how to handle these issues will help you plan the perfect sleepover. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.