How Do I Cope With Sleepovers?

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Show notes:

In this week’s episode:

How Do I Cope With Sleepovers?


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Sue in conversation with Libby Stevenson   


Do you Pander to your kids?

Sue’s Tuppence Worth

I was invited on to Chris Milligan from the Parenting show on BBC Three Counties Radio.

We discussed the story about a mother has been criticised for her so called ‘strict parenting.’

She has two children ages five and three and she says if her kids refuse to eat their dinner, she sends them to bed hungry. (Daily Mail over exaggeration!)

Every dinner will include vegetables and if they don’t like it they’ll be nothing else on offer and they’re sent to bed hungry.

I thought she was a great Mum with firm, fair consistent boundaries and her rules in sync with her husband.

We chatted about parents pandering to their kids – cooking 3 different meals for each family member, sleepovers being a distraction on school nights and kids eating vegetables.

It was set in a loving, happy home – so why the judgement ?

The Headline was :

‘Mother who lets her children go hungry if they don’t eat dinner, bans fizzy drinks and limits playdates insists rules teach them respect – despite friends warning that they’ll grow up ‘hating her’


The main focus of this week was to spread awareness for fertility issues to a wider audience. It is time to put a media spotlight on infertility. It is a real issue that 1 in 6 couples in the UK face.

The week covered:


Infertility is a disease that is not only about your physical health, but one that can affect your mental health too.


I listened to BBC Five Live that handled the conversation really sensitively.


Men are half of the fertility equation but may find it harder to express their feelings. Unfortunately, there is a severe lack of promotion of male voices in this community. To raise awareness of this, Fertility Network UK will spotlight he male voice and share testimonials from men facing infertility.

My husband’s colleague has been undergoing Infertility Treatment   but I had to encourage him to ask about how they were getting on – men don’t often feel at ease talking about such things.


71% of young people are not aware of lifestyle factors that could affect their fertility.

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November #TheFertilityShow

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Date- Wednesday November 6th 2019

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Don’t Stew – Ask Sue Parenting Q & A

Q. Dear Sue, my daughter Ellie has been invited to a sleepover. She’s only 7. I’m not sure. What are your thoughts? Fiona Simpson from Reigate in Surrey

Hi Fiona,

I get asked this a lot. And frankly, it depends. We’ve all heard the gossip of the disasters in the school playground.

I know some parents who simply make it their policy — “No sleepovers ever” or ‘No sleepovers until you’re ___________. (put in the age you feel appropriate for your children.)

Whatever you decide that’s ok because it’s your right to make the rules that you are comfortable with for YOUR family.

If you decide that you are going to allow an occasional sleepover, do your “due-diligence” first.

Sleepovers can be fun, but they can also be a slippery slope in some instances.

See my resources that can help you :







All the best


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