Quite possibly the biggest misnomer in the english language.
How can a giggling bunch of girls possibly sleep at a sleep over? OK, really, I know they do actually sleep...a bit...a really little bit...maybe 2 or 3 hours. I don't think it was always like this. I can remember as a kid sleeping over at friends' homes and sure we did giggle and act silly and stuff but I'm also sure we were asleep before 11 and I can't imagine that we were up at the crack of dawn. I never, if I could possibly help it, have seen the need to be waking up at the crack of dawn.
Listen! Can you hear it? At my house this is called the calm before the storm. Both girls spent the night at Olivia's house. They aren't home yet. This is the quiet part. Their arrival home will precipitate the STORM. Tired, cranky, mean to their sister (OK, meaner than normal to their sister.)
I don't like sleep overs much. I especially don't like sleep overs much when they take place in my home. Not only do I have to deal with the tired, cranky, mean children the day after BUT I also have to stay up until the giggly, silly, won't shut their eyes kids go to sleep and I have to wake up when the tired but not quite yet cranky and mean (this state manifests as soon as the sleep over is over) children wake up. This lack of sleep also makes the Mom tired, cranky and meaner to her daughters - and if the husband was not away making peace in a foreign land he would surely feel the wrath as well because while the giggly, silly kids were awake he was at the neighbours enjoying a beer and when the tired and soon to be cranky, mean kids got up he would surely manage to be oblivious to this fact and continue snoring.
For the last number of years I have gone on at least one weekend sleep over a year with a group of giggling, silly, scrapbooking women. While I don't care much for kids sleepovers, frustrated mom sleepovers are great! Do we sleep? Not much. Do we have fun? You bet! Are we tired, cranky and mean? Not to each other but spouses and children should tread softly around us once we get home. Laughing into the wee hours (it is all right to GO TO BED at the crack of dawn!) , stuffing ourselves on chocolate treats, sharing memories with good friends - THIS is why I let my kids go on sleep overs!