"Mom, can I have a slumber party?"
Those words can strike fear into any parent's heart.
Slumber parties often degenerate into all night free-for-alls in which the sweetest child by day turns into an insolent monster by night.
And with the holiday season approaching you can expect the question to pop up any day now.
You'd like to be a nice parent. you'd like to say yes. But how can you keep crowd control?
For starters: There's a lot to be said for slumber party etiquette.
Share these 10 overnight party etiquette tips with your young guests when they arrive. And then follow these simple rules for a successful slumber party:
Would you like to create some new holiday traditions for your family for the holiday season ahead?
Need some ideas? Here are just a few to jumpstart your thinking.
Instead of a cookie exchange, get your friends together for a recipe exchange. Set a theme. It could be fast meals for school nights, holiday hors d'oeuvres, or holiday desserts.
Then have a potluck party where everyone brings their favorite dish and copies of the recipe for all the guests. You go into the holidays armed with new menu ideas.
There's so much to do for the holidays that everyone needs to chip in. Here's a fun way of delegating tasks: Set aside a small artificial tree without ornaments.
Assign each family member a color bulb and tasks to help prepare for the holidays.
As he or she accomplishes each task, she can hang one of her ornaments on the tree.
The first person to hang all his or her bulbs wins a special gift, surprise, outing - whatever is treasured in your family. Read on here.
About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.