- Created: Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:16
I never liked the sleep over party.
As a kid, I soon learnt that my bed was the best place to be not someone’s dusty rumpus room floor.
It’s not just the sleep over that I dislike. It’s the fact that our kids and their friends still expect birthday invites, presents and parties in their teens.
When I was a kid, we got a birthday party in primary school. Maybe an outing for our final year. But high school? I don’t remember a single party. If we wanted to celebrate it would be a not particularly memorable day organised by ourselves, at the beach or a trip to the movies for our 16th . Not so today…there’s no sign of the invitation, party, present thing stopping once kids finish primary school. Presents…I don’t remember those after primary school, not from friends anyway, maybe one from mum and dad but that was it.
Why don’t we as parents just say, ‘hang on a minute…wait! That’s it guys…no more parties…until your 21!
Is it because we don’t want our kids to grow up?
Perhaps, and I get that.
Or is it helicoptering parenting trying to control the inevitable celebration by having it on site?
Yep, and I get that too. If they're willing to stay home and party with us as chaperones, why knock it back?
Or is it our guilt, you know like we don't want to think of ourselves as bad parents because we won't put parties on anymore?
Could it be that our kids are actually better off with us encouraging them to stand a little more on their own two feet?
I don’t mind my kids going out with their friends to the movies or somewhere fun, but the days of us funding the whole scheme is over baby!
Now the sleepover is a cheapy, so why not support that? I mean how hard can it be right…just kids sleeping on your floor?
We tried very hard to discourage our kids from sleepovers and now that they have finally lifted the hood on them, we are all agreed: Sleepovers are dumb.
Here’s 10 reasons why: