Saturday, September 08, 2007

I am SO DONE with sleepovers

I'm all about letting my kids have fun. I really am. Really. But I'm officially canceling sleepovers for the remainder of the school year...and my kids are probably going to label me the meanest mom on the planet.

Will had a couple of sleepovers this summer and let me just say that there was very little sleeping. Same with Sarah. And if the kids are sleeping at OUR house, that translates into very little sleep for their mama, which makes me just a little cranky.

Anyway, Will's best little bud invited him to sleep over last night. His mom is a good friend of mine and I told her I was a more than a little hesitant because the boys just don't seem to get the whole "sleeping" part of sleepover. She agreed, but still wanted to give it a try, so together we talked to the boys and told them that this was a trial run. IF they went to bed at a reasonable hour, then we'd let them have future sleepovers. If NOT, then sleepovers would only be a summer luxury. Because, a cranky, sleep-deprived child can ruin a weekend in nothing flat, and my experience is that it takes forever for them to get caught up on all that missed sleep.

Long story short, the boys lost their privilege. It has a little something to do with finding them awake around 2am and playing Game Boy under the covers, but like I said, it's a long story.

I decided that if Will can't have sleepovers, the girls aren't going to either. It's really just not worth it to me during the school year.

I talked to my friend this afternoon and we decided we can have "almost over" parties. Let them get together on a Friday night for pizza and a movie and some playtime, but end it around 9pm, and let everyone go home and sleep in their own bed!. That is the best idea I've heard in a long time. And I'm so thankful for an understanding friend.

Just pray that after his 5 hour nap that Will goes to sleep tonight! Pray hard.


Holly said...

Awww, I'm praying, Mer!

I pray, too, that you experience a wonderful Sabbath day in the Lord tomorrow.
With joy,

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Boy, do I ever remember those (no)sleepover days! And I am ever so glad that those days are behind me, and my daughter is almost 20 and now has her own daughter coming up to plague her in a few years. ;D

Y'all have a great Sunday, Mer. :-)

Love and hugs,


Kecia said...

I like that idea--I may use it! No sleepovers until summer. :)

Trish said...

LOL We had a back-to-school sleepover last weekend ~ I got a picture of 4 of the "creatures" (boys) sleeping ~ at 8am! They finally fell asleep around 6am ~ they were up all night playing Halo. Of course, these were 14 to 16 year old boys, so it's a little different, but still......6am?! We didn't have sleepovers until Sawyer (our youngest) was 13 ~ I don't do the cranky mamma with cranky kids thing ~ someone's bound to get hurt! LOL

I'm praying today will be restful for you and the week will go well.


Angie said...

Oh how I can relate! No sleepovers till summer is a great idea. Hope Will was able to get to sleep.