I want to share an great idea that Sharon wrote to me with:
“Am only half way through reading your book, and loving it. I have just collected my 7 and 9 year old daughters from separate sleepovers and am having to call each house and request that forgotten items be sent to school tomorrow with my daughters’ friends. I had a bright idea to hopefully prevent this from continuing to occur.
Use a large baggage tag or plastic delegate name holder available from large newsagents. On a piece of paper which will slip inside the tag, make a list of all the items your child is wearing to the sleepover, and anything included in their overnight bag (e.g., toothbrush, hairbrush, 3 pairs of panties, teddy, rigid red headband, sleeping bag, pillow, blue jeans, yellow PJs etc). This way, the child can check their belongings as they are placed in the bag, or the adult (friend’s mother or grandparent) helping the child can be sure that everything brought to the house is leaving the house. This also saves time for the collecting mother, and reduces the time it takes to extract the visiting child from the friend’s house, which is always an agonising experience for everyone.
Have a good week Lissanne. Thanks to your book, I will be starting mine a little more organised than I was last week.”