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Tips on Organizing a Play Date

Submitted by on January 13, 2014 – 1:11 pmNo Comment

How to Organize a Play Date

What to do for a play date

Guest post by Kids ‘R’ Kids

After being with your children day in-and-out, young mom’s need time for community and friends too! Play dates offer this important opportunity to interact with other young mom’s while giving your child opportunities to learn social interactions as well; it is important for your children to have numerous social experiences with other children of various ages and grown-ups. Though your child might not play directly with their peers, they will become accustomed to having them nearby and will begin the learning process of sharing.

When you play at the homes of different families, your child will be exposed to new environments, new toys, new family customs, new ethnic backgrounds, and maybe even new snacks! This is a good way to teach them how to be careful in other people’s homes, how to show respect to others, and learn how to show basic social etiquette. A simple play date can turn into a tremendous learning opportunity for your child.

Of course a play date doesn’t have to be a fancy, formal get-together. The only requirement is fun! Your best bet is to use mom-tested suggestions for hosting a successful, and relatively fuss-free play date.

  • Begin by determining who is going to host the party and if any other mom’s will be looking after the children. Remember, with younger kids it’s smart to keep the date relatively short especially if only one mom is there to supervise. Schedule the time wisely as hungry, cranky toddlers do not make for good playmates. If you decide to offer a snack or have the child at your house for lunch, it’s a good idea to ask about food allergies and preferences.
  • If you’re considering beginning a regular group, set some ground rules with the other parents. This will minimize conflict as a result of unmet expectations. Ask questions like
    • how often will you meet?
    • will you get together at homes or also in public locations?
    • should the host provide a snack?
    • how many children and moms are optimal for your group?
  • To prevent conflicts among the children, take your toddler’s favorite toys from the play area to her bedroom before another child latches on to them. While your little one will need to share her things, seeing someone else holding her beloved stuffed doggie or wearing a treasured princess tiara might be too much to handle. You might even suggest that each guest bring a toy to share with the other children or, on the other hand, plan activities that don’t involve much sharing.
  • Finally, try to relax and have fun while you have adult company. This can be a very important social outlet for young mom’s to have normal, adult conversation with other women in a similar life circumstance.

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy watching your toddler develop their first friendships! It is a gift to see them grow.

Kids ‘R’ Kids believes that happy, loved, connected children are destined for success in every facet of their lives. Our most cherished principle, “Hug First, Then Teach,” defines every aspect of who we are at Kids ‘R’ Kids. When it comes to teaching, Kids ‘R’ Kids understands the importance of involving families with their child’s developmental milestones and accomplishments. We hope you will drop by for a tour at one of our 12 locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. You will find a list of our locations on www.dfwkidsrkids.com.

 

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