The Aftermath of the Sleepover


My kids are getting to that dreaded age where every flippin’ weekend they beg for a sleepover.  As soon as school gets out on Friday, they start hittin’ me up for a party in their pj’s.  And I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of the sleepover, mainly because it ends up biting ME in the ass the next day.

Now my son is not really the issue, since he seems to be from a planet that doesn’t require any sleep.  He returns from a sleepover all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to tackle the world.  My daughter, on the other hand, is an entirely different story.  She’s the one who comes back looking like Nick Nolte after a reeeeeeeally long bender.

Just this past weekend, the girl apparently only got a total of maybe five and a half measly hours of sleep after giggling half the night away at a friend’s house.  And the next day when I went to retrieve her, she was in full-on Cranky Miss Crank mode.  The tiniest thing set her off into a fit of shrieks and tears, yet if you asked her if she was tired, she would adamantly declare that she was not.  By the end of the day, she had transformed into a complete and total asshole.

This is exactly why I try my darnedest to limit the number of sleepovers my kids attend.  Like it or not, they are just too young and naive to know how much shut-eye their growing little bodies need.  Plus, I can only take so much of the day-after drama that follows.  My feet don’t really dig walking on egg shells.

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7 Responses to The Aftermath of the Sleepover

  1. So remember those days, the dreaded sleepover-hangover that everyone had to suffer….the nice thing is when they grow up, usually the only person with a hangover the next day are my daughters :)

  2. Yvette says:

    I have a Cranky Ms. Cranky that is snapping my head off because she can’t find her favorite t-shirt. Yes, she attended a sleep-over last night!!!! Love your blogs!!!

  3. Oh yes my eldest daughter is absolutely impossible after a sleepover. I avoid speaking to her at pick-up, push her through the front door and into her bedroom and say “see you tomorrow”. There seems to be one on every weekend and I’ve become the mean mum who tries to limit them … raging teenage hormones combined with sleep deprivation is a hideous mix … the tears, the crankiness, the snapping … it’s enough to drive a mother to drink.

  4. Stacy says:

    My son (8 ) has only done about 4 sleepovers….. he’s just a MESS after them so i’ll let him go play until 1030/11 even if it’s close by the house & then just go pick him up…. this past weekend his good friend really wanted him to come over….i love the parents & the mom & i are friends so i said yes… he got about 8 hrs of sleep though to his usual 11-12 so he rested the next day but that night he was DONE & slept over 12 hrs… he wasn’t to bad so i may let him do it again but it’ll be a while…. seriously most parents i know are happy as clams to get a kid out of the house for the night.. me no thanks i was sad when i went to bed & he wasn’t in his room sleeping :( call me nuts i still had the 4 yr old there but my kids are good sleepers & all so i don’t mind them being at home! play dates though sign me up!

  5. Jen says:

    This made me giggle. My sons are like yours – chipper as can be after an hour or two of sleep. Unfortunately I’m more like your daughter, ready to wage war on the day if I don’t get my mandatory 8hrs. No wonder my older sons hid in their room the entire first 8mos after my youngest was born…

  6. Marta says:

    Yeah my kids are not at sleepover age, but I’m already thinking about it. Mostly at the concept of having kids sleepover at my house. I would say 90% of the sleepovers I attended weren’t at my house, but I want my kids to be able to have them at our house… sort of. Are they terribly loud? Do you clean for them? Do you have to feed them?

  7. No sleepovers yet over here. I think my daughter would melt into a puddle of crabbiness with no sleep. And I’m just not up for that yet,

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