Q&A: Sharing Beds On Sleepovers

Each week Michele Borba answers your parenting questions right here on her blog. If you have a parenting problem or question leave a comment on this post and you may have yours answered next week!

My son has a best friend (they are 8 years old) that comes over for sleep overs during the weekend, and he goes over to his friend's Dad's house and sleep over there too. Is it wrong to let the two boys sleep in the same bed with each other? -Michelle Johnson


Thanks for the question, Michelle. You're talking about two second grade aged buddies sleeping in the same bed. I am reading here that you're concerned maybe of homosexuality. Is that true? If so, the medical research shows that sexuality is biologically determined, so there is no need for concern on that topic. But there are two potential red flags.

First, boys that age do "experiment". By hosting the boys you are also responsible for anything that happens in your house.

This is also the age when teasing and bullying starts escalating. Other kids hearing about these boys sleeping together could fuel a lot of taunting. Gone are the days of innocence, eh? Sad, but you asked and I wanted you to think things through.

Why not purchase two inexpensive sleeping bags and a couple of flashlights? This is the perfect age when boys love to "camp out" (even inside) or drape sheets over beds and card tables to make forts. You might just start a whole new trend.

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12Secrets_Borba.jpgDr. Michele Borba is the author of over 22 books including 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know .

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