Is Your Child Ready for Sleepovers?

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When it's time to have that real sleepover, assess whether your child is ready. A child who still wets the bed, has a disability or has food allergies may not be capable of sleeping elsewhere until she can manage the situation herself. It's tough to ask another family to help with these conditions when they may not fully understand them. If you think it's manageable, put any special instructions, like how to give medications, in writing. Express your need for there to be a set bedtime, if you feel strongly about it, and assess whether or not the parents will be home the whole time. If not, then ask who will be doing the caretaking. Other concerns parents may want to address are the presence of guns in the home, what kinds of pets the family has, how they monitor Internet access and what types of videos, movies and computer games are available to the kids.