My girls beg for sleepovers. Every Friday, every Saturday, as the playdates wind down in the evening, the request comes in, “Mommmmeeeeeeee……can my best-friend-in-the-whole-wide-world spend the night? Most of the time, I say no. I think sleepovers are highly overrated, especially since our best-friends-in-the-whole-wide-world live next door, across the street, and/or behind us and therefore we can pretty much wave to them from our windows at night anyway. Why invite the opportunity to spend a Saturday or a Sunday with over-tired kids?
But every once in a while, I relent. And truthfully, there are elements to a sleepover that I do love: the sound of giggling at night, the array of cute bedheads in the morning, and the way my house smells when I make homemade pancakes for everyone. The girls and I also have a fun sleepover tradition – we make nightshirts or pillowcases to commemorate the event. I keep a supply of super cheap men’s tees and white pillowcases on hand, and we have a healthy supply of fabric markers. I set the girls and their buddies loose at the dining room table, and when the artwork is done, we have a) spent an hour doing something other than running wild through the house b) provided the hostess (ME!) with some time to clean up the pizza/fruit salad/lemonade/cupcake strewn kitchen and c) created fun sleepwear and accessories.
Now all you need is a glass of wine (or maybe a dose of Ambien)!
Don’t forget your bunny slippers!