Co-Ed Sleepover Parties
Sleepovers have always been a fun way for teens to spend time with their friends. But the trend these days is towards sleepovers with both boys and girls. Should you allow your teens to attend co-ed sleepovers? Keep reading for things to consider when making your decision.
During the teen years your child’s friends and peer relationships take center stage. Spending time with friends — whether same-sex or a mixed group — becomes the major focus of their free time. By the time they have reached their teens, most teenagers have either spent the night at a friend’s house or hosted a sleepover party of their own. Teens love spending extended hours with friends, staying up all night (or almost) and the freedom that comes with being away from home.
Many sleepovers have limited parental supervision, which can lead to poor choices and potentially risky behavior. Even same-sex sleepover parties can sometimes create uncomfortable situations — peer pressure, lack of sleep, possibility of drugs or alcohol being available. Is it wise to add teens of the opposite sex to this potentially volatile scene?
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"Increasing numbers of parents say their teens want to attend co-ed teen slumber parties," says Dr. Linda Sonna, psychologist and author. Teens will argue that they just want to spend time with their friends “hanging out” at someone’s house. Parents who may feel uncomfortable about the situation are often pressured into believing they are the only parents who won’t allow their teen to attend.
Are you considering allowing your teen to attend a co-ed sleepover?
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Feeling uncomfortable about the situation?
Co-ed sleepovers are not for everyone. Consider the whole situation before making a decision, then stick to your guns.
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