7 Reasons to Say No to Sleepovers
While generally not a problem with younger kids, inadequately supervised sleepovers are a common place for teen exposure to illegal substances. According to the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, drug and alcohol use among teens is on the rise and many kids try their first drink before age 14. "Generally, nothing constructive happens with a group of adolescents at 3 a.m.," says Utay. "Unless there is a circumstance that warrants a sleepover: a weekend at a family's lake house, for example, ask yourself if a sleepover is really necessary." Allow your child to stay out late in lieu of spending the entire night away. That way, she can socialize with friends in a context that doesn't make you worry.