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At a Glance: 4 Reasons Why Sleepovers Are Important

By Erica Patino

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You may not want to push your child to go to a sleepover until she’s ready. But spending the night at a friend’s house can help your child learn some valuable life skills.

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At a Glance: 4 Reasons Why Sleepovers Are Important

Sure, sleepovers are a chance for your child to pig out, play silly games and have a movie marathon with friends. But the benets go beyond just having fun. Here’s how they’re important for kids.

1 Reason
Independence From Parents
Skills to Learn:
• Packing and unpacking clothes
• Getting ready for bed without prompting
• Overcoming separation anxiety

2 Reason
Social Development
Skills to Learn:
• Dealing with differences such as foods and cultures
• Adapting to different routines
• Participating in group activities
3 Reason
Self-Advocacy
Skills to Learn:
• Speaking up about needs and wants
• Figuring out where things (like bathrooms) are located
• Setting a wake-up time
4 Reason
Making and Strengthening Friendships
Skills to Learn:
• Playing well with others
• Bonding and speaking intimately with peers
• Making new friends
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Erica Patino

Erica Patino is an online writer and editor who specializes in health and wellness content.

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Reviewed by Molly Algermissen, Ph.D. Mar 19, 2014 Mar 19, 2014

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