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Dear Dish-it: Awkward Sleepovers

May 10, 2013

Dear Dish-it,

I’m having a new friend over for a sleepover tonight, and I don’t know what we should do. I have computers, but I don’t think that’ll be good enough. What should I plan?

Nervous

Dear Nervous,

It’s always exciting and nerve-racking to have a new friend sleepover for the first time. But there are tons of things you can do. However, I suggest that you start by getting to know this friend a little better. Talk to them and find out what kind of things they do for fun at home or with their other friends.

Outdoor Activities

If the weather is nice and warm, you could have a camp out. Prepare snacks for the tent, set it up in your backyard, and tell scary stories like you would on a real camping trip. If you have a firepit in your backyard, get your parents help to light it and roast marshmallows or make smores! If it’s still light out when your sleepover begins, suggest some outdoor sports, like frizbee, badminton, basketball or any other sport you can play with two people.

Indoor Activities

If you’re stuck indoors, no worries. You could pop some popcorn and have a movie night, or better yet, a movie marathon. You could make dare dice out of a small square box or six pieces of square cardboard taped together to make a cube. On each side you write things like “dance” or “sing” or “act” and the other person has to pick a theme or topic. You could also play cards, board games or video games. Or, if you have a camera phone, film yourselves putting on a fashion show, or having an arm wrestling competition. The ideas are endless!

Have Your Say

Do you have any ideas for Nervous? Tell us in our comment section below!

 

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hugebear
hugebear posted in Family Issues:
You doesnt have to come out to your family until your ready and until they is ready too.  If you blurt it out it could be the shock.  You says that you think your Mums side of the family will be more supportive.  Has you got an Aunty or Uncle what you could discuss this with?  An adult member of your family what is most likely supportive  could probably give the best advises on how to tell your family and when and how and prepares you for how they will react. Good luck mate and takes your time :angel
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Mrawsomegamer
I think my mothers side of the family would be fine with it. It's my dad's side I'm most concerned about. My dad says some dreadfully terrible remarks about homosexual people. I think I'm not gunna tell him at all. Ever...  Either way. Thanks for the advice!
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Kirsteeeeen
If you don't think that you'll be in a safe situation (for example, your parents try to kick you out, or hurt you physically or emotionally) than you should definitely wait to tell them. I think you'll know when the time is right. We can't tell you how they'll react, but I bet you can sort of figure it out from how they feel and act about these topics.  Remember, you are not obligated to tell anybody at all. It's personal. Wait until you're for sure ready to tell them. And when you do, tell them the way in which it's easiest. Get your point across, offer resources, reassurance, and give them time. 
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Mrawsomegamer
Hey guys, so I do kinda have a personal issue, but I need to tell my family about it. Truth is, I'm not even sure how they'll even react. Very few of my friends know, only the ones I trust anyway... I'm gay. Or at least bisexual. I kinda had a thing for girls, but that was a long time ago. I think I'm fully gay. I have a very supportive boyfriend, who loves me with all his heart. But that's not what it's about; it's actually coming out to my family, whom I know some of them are quite homophobic. Homophobia runs in my family. Sorta...  It makes my stomach turn when I think about it. I sometimes look into the mirror, look at myself and think if my conscience suddenly made me decide I was gay, or if I was born with it. Science tells us that we are born that way, due to lack of man chemicals entering a boys brain when in development. I feel like I've chosen it (even though I know deep inside I haven't) to be gay, probably because of my family almost forcing me into getting a girlfriend and such. I come from a Catholic family, to make things even worse. I'm like the only practising person in my family, but somehow I feel that they'll use my Faith against me if I come out.  So, should I just wait until I'm older? How do I know when the time is right? How will they even react? How should I even say it?  Please help!
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Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
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