This post is sponsored by American Girl®. All opinions are my own.
A few weeks ago Maggie came home from her Wednesday evening church activities full of excitement. Mommy, mommy there’s going to be a sleepover at church, can I go?!? Maggie is my independent, people person and I knew instantly she really wanted to attend. I also knew that, even at just six years old, she would not be homesick. She loves to socialize! After discussing it with Orin, we decided to allow her to go and she was elated. Maggie has had many sleepovers at her grandparents’ house over the years, but this would be her first sleepover anywhere else, so I realized there were a few things I needed to do to prepare her for before the big night.
Growing up money was a bit tight, which meant that all of my clothes were hand-me-downs from my older sister. I wasn’t always thrilled or proud of my wardrobe choices. I remember how badly I wanted to fit in with my peers at that age. Now that Maggie is older, when money allows, I try to let her take charge of her own wardrobe. Just before we’d gotten the sleepover invitation I’d let Maggie choose 2 new nightgowns when we were out shopping. She was so proud of her choices and I knew having pajamas she was excited about would give her extra confidence among her peers.
Gather Sleepover Supplies
Maggie woke up bright and early the day of her sleepover and had her bag packed before breakfast (even though we weren’t leaving the house until 6pm). Our church was kind enough to provide a checklist of the items she needed to remember for the sleepover, and she was so proud to be able to pack without any help by following her checklist. If you have an independent daughter who likes to do things all by herself too, I’ve created a printable Sleepover Checklist you can print out and give to her. She’ll feel so grown up gathering her supplies all by herself!
Click HERE for a full-size printable version.
How To Be a Friend
Up until this point, Maggie has been, essentially, the queen of her castle. She is the oldest and her 3 younger siblings all look up to her. She can boss them around and they happily oblige. Maggie is also homeschooled and doesn’t interact with her peers on a daily basis, so I knew a few lessons in how to be a good friend would be helpful for her. Growing up, I was enamored with the American Girl dolls, so I was excited to see that they recently came out with a brand new line of books & dolls geared towards girls ages 5-7, with a focus on friendship: WellieWishersTM. It was clear that this was the perfect time for me to introduce Maggie to American Girl!
The WellieWishers lineup consists of 5 girls:
- Willa has a love for animals. She’s sure to be the first one up a tree—and the last to turn away a furry friend.
- Ashlyn is a princess-in-training (and party-planner extraordinaire). She’s just the one to turn a friend’s frown upside-down.
- Kendall is creative—she’s always drawing and inventing. Leave it to her to patch friendly mix-ups with smiles, patience, and a handmade card.
- Emerson loves the spotlight—and the spotlight loves her right back. She loves to make her friends smile with funny jokes, original dance routines, and show-stopping songs.
- Camille adores the ocean—and she’s mellow as a mermaid. She’s the one her friends turn to when they need someone to listen.
It was no surprise to me when Maggie chose Camille as her new doll, which American Girl
provided to me for free for my review. She loves the ocean too! We also ordered one of the chapter books, The Riddle of the Robin, to read together. It was a perfect intro chapter book for Maggie. Unlike other chapter books out there, this one has full color pictures on every single page. Maggie couldn’t wait to sit down and read it! The story was darling, while also being educational and weaving in the friendship themes of empathy, kindness, and compassion. Reading it together gave us the opportunity to discuss what she was reading.
Since Camille has joined our family, she’s gone everywhere with Maggie, so it wasn’t a surprise when she wanted to take her along to the sleepover. She couldn’t wait to show her off to all her friends at church!
The big night finally arrived and Maggie had a blast. She came home eager to tell me all about the fun games she played, the food she ate, the movie she watched, and the new friends she made. She’s been wanting to find a close girlfriend for years and I’m excited to watch her friendships at church blossom.