Is your child ready for a sleepover?

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How to tell if your child is ready for their first night away from home.

Sooner or later you will have to deal with your child going for a sleepover. But before you send them off, you need to be sure they are ready. The last thing you need is to be called for an unplanned pickup.

Use the guide below to tell if your child is ready or not for a sleepover:

Have a hard time getting along with others in your absence

While some kids are just shy, yet friendly, there are those who just don’t enjoy other people’s company, apart from people they often spend time with. Leaving such a child overnight in someone’s house might be traumatic for them.

They are clingy

If your child is very clingy, it might be best to wait for them to become less dependent on you before sending them off to a sleepover.

If they wake up in the middle of the night to come to your room

If your child is used to coming to your room in the middle of the night for assurance or because they enjoy sleeping with you, they might be frustrated if you are not there.

Have a hard time adapting to new surroundings

Observe your child when you are in unfamiliar surroundings. If they don’t adapt quickly and seem uncomfortable, they might have a hard time sleeping in an unfamiliar place.

Trust your gut

As a parent, you know your child more than any other person. If your gut says your child is not ready for a sleepover, listen to it.