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Is it okay to let kids stay up all night at sleepovers? Mum seeks advice

One mum has taken to Mumsnet to seek advice about sleepover etiquette. She explained that her daughter invited a friend over to stay and like most young girls they ended up chatting until the early hours of the morning.

The mum admitted she told them numerous times to settle down and sleep. “I’m really not sure how I should handle sleepovers. DD had a friend over for sleepover on Friday night. They are 12-years-old.

“They had a fun evening, ate their favourite food and watched a film. At 10 pm I encouraged them to get ready for bed. They continued to play music and chat for a while and got out of bed a few times playing dares etc.

“At 11 pm I firmly said that they needed to settle down - didn’t mind quiet talking. At midnight they are still messing around and My DD’s friend apparently told my daughter the next day that it wasn’t much of a sleepover if they can’t stay up until they want.”

The woman’s husband said she should just stay out of it and leave the girls to it, but she expressed that she was unsure of what to do.

Most mums agreed that the girls should stay up as long as they want to once they’re not misbehaving.

“As long as they’re quiet, allow them to stay up until whenever. I used to suggest under covers and film on with chatting from about 11 or midnight and they would usually fall asleep towards the end of it,” one shared.

Another said the mum was being unreasonable: “The whole point of sleepovers is to stay awake until a stupid time, not to be told to go to bed at 10pm!”

One said: “As long as they’re not disturbing the neighbours or keeping smallies awake, they can stay up. That’s most of the fun!”

What do you think?

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