The Benefits of Sleepovers

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Is your child approaching the age where they are asking to host a sleepover or attend one at a friend’s house? Are you not sure what to do?!  We are here for you!

Read below for some of the benefits a sleepover can bring such as:

  • Communication skills                                        
  • Relationships
  • Independence
  • New experiences
  • And for you….a break!
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Communication Skills

Children seem to be wrapped up in their electronics more than interacting with friends. Sleepovers allow children to grow in their communication skills with friends in a new, exciting environment. At a sleepover your child will have the opportunity to interact with parents by asking for things they want or need to be comfortable.  


Think back to your childhood years and the friendships you had…didn’t it make it so worthwhile. There is something about staying up all night, sharing secrets, and laughing together that allows relationships to grow and flourish with friends. Also children have the opportunity to make new friends when invited to a sleepover. Now doesn’t that sound awesome?!


Children depend on you growing up—sleepovers can allow for independence.

Giving them the responsibility of choosing what pajamas they want to wear, getting ready for bed on their own, and being away from home for the night allows independence to be built, because they learn how to interact with others. 

“I remember going to my first sleepover and my parents let me pick out the pajamas I wore. I felt so cool because I made my own decision and everyone loved MY pajamas!!”  -Katherine Raccuglia

New Experiences

Sleepovers offer new experiences for children—trying a new snack, playing new games, new cultures and new friends! Life is is constantly filled with new experiences, especially when a child is growing up. Think about all of the fun things you learned as a child at sleepovers!

“One of my first sleepovers was at a neighbor’s house. We were playing outside in the sprinklers when my friend brought out a new snack (well a new snack to me)….it was red, fuzzy and had seeds…it was a raspberry! We never had raspberries at home and I thought it was so strange how fuzzy it was. Now they are my go to snack!” -Abriana Busbee

A Break for the Parents

There is nothing more rewarding nor challenging than being a parent. Life becomes consumed with your children and it is easy to forget that you need to recharge your batteries every once in a while. Allowing your children to attend sleepovers gives you the opportunity to take a long shower, watch your favorite show uninterrupted, or even open the book you have been wanting to read. It is a win-win situation. Your child has fun and you get the opportunity to relax WITHOUT children for a WHOLE night!!

Sleepovers, slumber parties, pajama parties, or whatever you want to call it provides benefits that go beyond fun. But NEVER forget the most important rule of all sleepovers is to have FUN!  If a simple sleepover can be this beneficial, think about adding some decorations, a delicious snacks and possibly an activity to make it even more stimulating for the children. So next time your child asks to have a sleepover or is invited to a friend’s sleepover, take a moment to consider all of the benefits that sleepovers provide before saying no.

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