Coordinating play dates is part of parenting when raising a toddler or preschooler and often requires a certain etiquette. This protocol is not provided in a parenting manual (is there such a thing?) and you are left to your own devices when learning how to navigate the land of play dates. Music class, time on the playground, meeting up with friends, and swim school comprise a weekly schedule that outshines your parents' routine and keeps you looking for more fun around each and every corner. What our energetic little StrongTots are too young to understand is the coordination, time, and angst their loving parents endure to plan and maintain such a thriving schedule.
Finding the right play opportunities for your child will make you feel more or less like a personal assistant, however, the social benefits for you and your child are certainly worth the effort. Here are a few tips for for planning and to help ensure a successful play date for all:
If you want to host a play date:
Regardless of whether you host or not:
Do you have particular strategies for planning a playdate? What tips do you have for new parents or those who find this parenting task daunting?
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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