Whenever there’s the prospect of having kids for a sleepover, I always dread it.
My son’s often invited to sleepovers but the thought of reciprocating never fills me with much enthusiasm.
I don’t mind the odd play date here and there but the sleepover takes it to another level.
There are a few things behind my reluctance which you may or may not have experienced.
They’ll Want To Go Home In The Middle Of The Night
The worst thing about having kids for a sleepover would be if they wanted to go home in the middle of the night.
Particularly if like some of my son’s friends they don’t just live around the corner.
I wouldn’t be in the most accomodating of moods if I got woken up at 2am and had to drive 20 miles there and back.
It hasn’t happened to me yet although I’ve heard others mention this has happened to them.
I find myself considering which of my son’s friends might be prone to being homesick and hoping they never come for a sleepover.
They’re Fussy Eaters
When we’re having kids for a sleepover, we tend to go for the easiest possible culinary experience.
That usually involves pizza of some kind and more often than not, Domino’s.
What’s not to like, right?
I guess some kids just don’t like toppings though so we always end up with a margherita.
I wish as a stay at home dad my cooking skills were better than they are.
Whether that would make the fussy eaters happy or not, I don’t know.
But at least I might be able to come up with something so brilliant no-one would grumble about it!
We Don’t Have Much Space
Whilst I’m grateful that my wife’s job comes with a house, we’re still crammed in pretty tightly.
It can just about cope with four people but any more and it feels claustrophobic.
When we’re having kids for a sleepover we have to bring the put-me-up bed in from the shed.
It lives in the dark where the spiders roam free so I always have to dust away the cobwebs whenever we use it.
Since my son got a drum kit for Christmas, there’s little space for the put-me-up bed in his room.
It just about fits but it’s like using a shoe horn to get things in place.
There’s always a sense of relief when the put-me-up bed gets wheeled back to its place in the shed.
Boredom Might Set In
We don’t always have an activity planned when the kids have a sleepover.
That works fine with some of their friends but with others boredom can set in.
Playing out in the garden or in the local park isn’t stimulating enough it seems.
From experience the result is that they start looking for mischief and it usually ends in arguments.
You soon get to learn which children need their every hour set out for them and which can just enjoy their friend’s company.
Adjusting your strategy to meet their requirements isn’t always easy though!
It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.Georges Bernanos
What Do You Dread Most About Having Kids For A Sleepover?
Do you have a strategy in place when kids come to your house for a sleepover?
Maybe you don’t dread it and have some tips to share to make things go more smoothly?
Please let me know in the comments section below.