10 slumber party etiquette rules

Hosting a slumber party?

Consider sharing these 10 slumber party etiquette rules with guests. (Unless you have an endless supply of No-Doze you're planning to utilize, that is.)

Not only should these be the rules for kids at your child's slumber party, but also for your child at other kids' slumber parties.

That way, she might even get invited back.

  1  be courteous to all.

The most important slumber party etiquette rule for kids is really pretty simple: Guests are required to be nice and respecting to all - both the other children and the hosting parents.

  2  no hurtful words or whining.

Slumber party guests much watch their language so that only the positive flows out at party time. This is a good time to remind kids of that old adage: "If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all." Ditto for whining. 

  3  include everyone in play.

This means there are no twosomes, foursomes, whatever - that go off to do a separate activity, excluding the rest of the guests. That's the quickest way to torpedo a good party vibe.

  4  be a good sport.

Okay, we get it - you don't want to paint fingernails. But you do want to play tag - so be a good sport and go along with the nail polish activity, and you'll be rewarded when everyone joins in the house tag game.

  5  don't wander away.

Guests do not go off on their own, wandering about the house in search of greener playing pastures. Stay in specified areas.

  6  don't touch electronic equipment.

Good guests do not turn on the TV, stereo, or other electronic equipment or games without asking. You could accidentally break something.

  7  no rough housing or shouting.

Keep the party volume to a dull roar - especially indoors.

  8  don't help yourself.

A good guest will ask for food or drink if she's hungry or thirsty. It's a major breach of slumber party etiquette to simply help yourself.

  9  eat only in the kitchen.

When given the OK to chow down, good guests remember to eat only in the kitchen or dining room, unless otherwise instructed.

  10  understand that lights out means chill time.

When the slumber party host's parent says lights out - it's time to stop talking or giggling. Sleep.

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