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