I was speaking last week at a book event for my book The Myth of the Perfect Girl, when one parent asked me what I thought about sleepovers. A lively discussion ensued. The topic of sleepovers and slumber parties seems to be one of those issues in parenting where most have an opinion, and no opinion is necessarily right or wrong. A few years ago, Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens wrote a Sleepover Survival Guide , and in her New York Times article "Ensuring Domestic Tranquility at Sleepovers" physician Perri Klass notes, "The sleepover, along with its cousin the slumber party, has apparently become an essential part of childhood, for boys as well as for girls. The late-over can we coin this term?