When is a Child Old Enough for Sleepovers?
My first grade daughter has this friend, H, that she just absolutely adores. They sit together at lunch, play together at recess, and get along like two silly, happy peas in a pod. Last month while my family traveled to Walt Disney World for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, H had her birthday party, and my daughter was devastated to have to miss it. With a very serious look on her face, she contemplated what would be more fun: behind the scenes experience at Disney – the Happiest Place on Earth – or a couple hours at her best friend’s seventh birthday party. Clearly, these two girls are great friends.
It was time for mom to come up with a Plan B to keep her girl happy.
H’s mom and I vowed that the girls would get together post-Mickey to have a little birthday celebration of their own. The plan? Allow Emma to sleep over at her friend’s house for the first time. I wasn’t sure that first grade was old enough, but Emma was confident, excited, and packed the second I gave it the thumbs up. Friday was the day, and she headed to school excited to be going home on the bus that night with her friend, but nervous at the same time. She went over several times what she would do if she changed her mind. She reminded me that she knew she could call any time of night if she needed to come home. She seemed not quite herself walking out the door…