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Choose one night to put down the devices and forget the to-do list and just connect with your daughter by inviting her to a good, old-fashioned sleepover.
You don’t need to anything fancy here. The idea isn’t to impress your daughter with details. She just wants to spend time with you. So, sit her down and pick a date on the calendar. That’s it!
- nail polish
- favorite snacks
- favorite drinks
- a few good books
When Ellen (3yo) and I had our sleepover, it looked a little something like this:
After dinner (it was a simple weeknight), Mike did the clean up and took care of the boys while Ellen and I got ready for bed. We went up nice and early so we would have time to get in all of our fun.
We climbed into my bed and synced up our show on Netflix. While we watched a couple of cartoons, I painted Ellen’s nails and we chatted about the show she picked. We also ate the snacks Ellen chose: popcorn and chocolate milk. Yes, we ate it right in my bed because it was a special sleepover, and you get to do special things during special sleepovers.
When it got near bedtime, we read a couple of books Ellen had chosen, we said our prayers, and we turned out the lights. The rule in our house is that everyone must sleep in their own beds, but for the sleepover, Ellen got to spend the night in mom and dad’s room. She was pretty thrilled about the special privilege.
- don’t stress about making this a fancy event
- plan out some of the details (like snacks) the day before
- get your spouse on board so you have someone to manage the rest of the house while you’re partying
- leave your phone downstairs; don’t get distracted during this special time
- bring your own book too; if your kids go to bed early like ours, you might find yourself bored once your daughter is sleeping
- our favorite (calm) shows on Netflix: The Hive, Curious George, Magic School Bus, Little Einsteins, Clifford
What are some of your favorite ways to spend quality time with your kids?