How To Help Your Child Survive Their First Sleepover

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Hey mamas!

As a single mom, the chances are you have an inseparable bond with your kids. This is true for mothers in any situation, of course, but you’ve given your kids everything they’ve ever needed. As such, your kids may rely on you more than they would otherwise. So here are some tips to help when this exciting time comes in your kid’s life.

How To Help Your Child Survive Their First Sleepover

Having that tight bond is a good thing in many ways. If nothing else, it’s proof that you’ve done such a fantastic job of providing that they feel like they need you. It’s not such a good thing, however, when it comes to their first times staying away from home. Whether for a trip or a sleepover, there will come a time when your little one needs to sleep without you. And, if your bond is tight, that can be difficult.


To make matters worse, many kids are embarrassed to admit to struggling. If they’re trying to look grown up or impress their friends, they may deny feeling homesick at all. The best way to get around that is to find subtle ways to ease the sting. You may find, then, that the following options are your best bet!

Photos Only They Can See

A friend pulling a picture of their mom out at a sleepover is grounds to laugh at them for all time. It’s just not ‘the done thing’. Still, having a pic may help your child feel settled wherever they are. So, what can you do? Provide them with pictures only they can see, of course! It may be that you buy a locket with a picture of you both inside. You could even invest in socks with a picture of you from a company like MyPhotoSocks. In both cases, there’s little chance of these things landing in the wrong hands. Even so, these small touches could see your child sleeping soundly.

A Note That Is Easy To Hide

Along the same vein, you may want to give your child a note which they can fold up and hide with ease. More than a picture, this can offer reassurance. Reading something you’ve written is nearly as good as talking to you. Keep this short but personal. Include a joke you share, or something you know will put a smile on your child’s face if they’re struggling.

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Message, don’t call

Of course, this modern life means we’re never far away from the people we love. If your child has a cell, you could easily stay in contact with them for the duration of their time away. Though they might not admit it, this in itself could prove a considerable comfort. In keeping with the subtle theme, though, make sure to message rather than call.

It’s unlikely anyone will notice them spending time on their phone. Isn’t that what all young people do, these days? Still, their friends will soon pick up on it if they have to step outside to answer your phone calls. Whatever you have to say, then, put it in a message. That alone could ward off any worries they may have.

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Sending our kids off for a night with friends or relatives for the first time can be huge for us moms. Especially since we are used to being at home with our kids all the time and the thought of us having a night alone is both exciting and lonely, so I hope these tips have helped!

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  1. Toni

    November 3, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I struggle with letting my son do sleepovers. I usually have to work myself up into saying “yes” lol Love all of these ideas. Thanks for sharing:)


    June 16, 2020 at 12:34 am

    The tips in this post that we should know as to how to help your child survive their first sleepover. This would really mean a lot. Thanks for sharing this one out

    1. Jess10

      June 18, 2020 at 8:11 pm

      Glad you found it helpful!

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