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Tips for Successful Sleepovers this School Year!

Tips for Successful Sleepovers this School Year!

New Friends Add Excitement to Sleepovers

For many kids, meeting new friends is one of the most exciting parts of heading back to school each fall. A new school year provides plenty of opportunities for children to expand their social circles, and weekend sleepovers are common ways to build new friendships. Despite their popularity, sleepovers can be challenging for both children and parents. Common jitters that accompany sleepovers such as missing Mom and Dad or being afraid of the dark are often made worse when children are anxious to impress their new friends. For parents, hosting sleepovers can be an overwhelming experience, especially when the guests are spending the night at their homes for the first time.

"There's no doubt that sleepovers are a rite of passage for kids, but that doesn't mean they're always easy," says child development expert Penny Warner, author of Slumber Parties - 25 Fun-Filled Party Themes. "With the right amount of planning and preparation, sleepovers can be great fun for kids and stress-free for parents." Warner says it's never too early to plan for your child's next sleepover, and she offers the following tips to help moms prepare their kids to enjoy sleepovers with new friends.

Visit goodnites.com for more sleepover tips, advice and information. At goodnites.com parents can connect with doctors and other parents at the GoodNites® Good Morning ClubTM.

Courtesy of ARA Content EDITOR'S NOTE:
The survey cited in this article was conducted in March 2005 by Impulse Research for GoodNites® Brand in order to assess sleepover patterns among kids in the U.S. A total of 1,766 women with children were recruited for this survey. Of those, 1,215 women had children age 4 to 14.
The 90 percent who have participated in sleepovers were the focus of the survey. The overall sampling error for this survey is plus or minus 3 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence.

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