It’s nice for them just to chill with their bud­dies

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Re­becca Matthews, of Birch­grove, mum to Is­abella, 8 and Sa­muel, 6 Re­becca Matthews and her hus­band James are in favour of sleep­overs — as long as they know the other fam­ily well, and as long as the chil­dren have played to­gether for a while and are com­fort­able with the ar­range­ment too. “I think that’s a given,” Re­becca says. She has fond mem­o­ries of sleep­overs when she was young, and wants Is­abella and Sa­muel to en­joy them too.

“(Sleep­overs) re­ally ce­ment the re­la­tion­ship with friends,” she says.

“You have the best chats late at night when you’re hav­ing a mid­night feast. Life is so reg­i­mented, it’s nice for them to have time with their bud­dies to just chill.”

Sam and Is­abella’s first sleep­over ex­pe­ri­ence was last year when Is­abella re­quested one for her birth­day. Seven-yearold twins came.

One got home­sick, so Matthews dropped her home. When the other got home­sick, Matthews made the trip again.

She be­lieves it’s im­por­tant for chil­dren to know they can go home if they want to.

The same goes for her own kids when they’re at sleep­overs with friends. “We’re never too far away,” she says. Fri­days and Satur­days are best, be­cause sleep­overs usu­ally mean a very late night.

“We call them ‘wakeovers’ here, not sleep­overs,” she says. “We make sure we have a re­ally low-key day the next day.”

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