By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
Sleepovers were a staple of my formative years. Sleeping-or not sleeping-at my friends' houses taught me how to make orange smoothies, sing karaoke, and 57 different ways to annoy sleeping people, which are all valued life skills I still use today. The world has changed since then, as more and more parents are saying 'no' to this traditional childhood rite-of-passage.
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I have to admit that I'm one of these parents. Thanks to reports of child molestation, dubious morals, and lax parenting occurring during slumber parties, my husband and I have decided our children, ages 9, 7, 5, and 1, only get to party all night at our house. How 'uncool' of us! I've noticed that my kids rarely receive sleepover invites either. This convinces me that either our children are super-nerds (distinct possibilities, given their parentage) or other parents are saying 'no' to sleepovers as well (yeah, I'm going to goRead More »from The Great Mom Debate: Do You Let Your Children Attend Sleepovers?