Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Aftermath of a Sleepover

Anyone who has a tween has had to deal with the dreaded sleepover. There is no way to avoid them. I held off as long as I could, but by the time the my oldest was 10 I had to give in. She's fairly seasoned at this point and so are we. We know she will go and have a great time. It's the next day that makes us all sorry.

Last night she stayed over at one of her good friend's houses. It was a sleepover party and there were 5 tween girls. This is all good. These girls get along great and they barely ever fight. How can this be you may ask? No, clue but at least that's one thing I didn't have to worry about.

My main concern is if sleep is going to be involved in the sleepover. Well my daughter was the last to fall asleep at the lovely time of 2:00am and was awoken by the child who fell asleep at 11:00pm very early. So early in fact my daughter was grumbling about it.

I arrived to get her at 11:00am and I could tell it was going to be a long rest of the day. She looked exhausted, but had a great time. This is the way it goes. There is no way this day was going to turn out any different.

My youngest daughter gets the brunt of it. There was a lot of slamming of doors and yelling at each other before my youngest decided she would head outside and play with the neighbors. She knows a no win situation when she sees one. That leaves me and my husband to watch the implosion. She has stubbed her toe and scratched her own face. Not really sure how she did that. I convinced her to take a shower and we think she just went upstairs to have a rest. I won't call it a nap, but I'm hoping she falls a sleep for at least an hour. She needs to sleep. We all need for her to sleep.


Blia said...

Hahaha...I know how you feel; been there with my daughter. The only problem is, now that she's 13, it seems like she needs sleep everyday. I keep telling myself, "It can only get better."

aldon @ orient lodge said...

I must admit, we took a slightly different course. We encouraged our daughters to go to sleepovers from a very early age.

By the time they reached their turbulent tween years, they knew they needed their sleep and would willingly take naps on days after sleepovers.

Jeff Aspacio said...

I like sleepovers. But when I was a teen, I never saw it from the perspective of my parents. Now that I am a parent, I am starting to look at things differently. Thanks for sharing this post.

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