Playdates are supposed to be a fun part of mommyhood and childhood, but sometimes they can feel a little routine. If you want to survive those playdates you’ll be having for the next few years, you’ll want to follow these tips.
Bring coffee with you – Playdates can feel sort of like you are refereeing little people. So make sure you bring the coffee with you to help you survive.
Don’t be overzealous – Let your children have a little space when it comes to playing with their friends. You don’t want to be too overzealous in breaking up toddler fights.
Be yourself – What’s the point in going to a playdate and pretending to be someone you’re not? Always be yourself at a playdate.
Don’t forget the basics for your children – When it comes to playdates, moms seem to forget the most important stuff like diapers and wipes. Keep extras in your car just in case you do leave the house without it on accident.
Everyone should be polite – You don’t want to make things awkward right as the playdate begins. Make sure you and your kids are as polite as possible.
Help the other mom or dad out – You don’t have to be in a zone where you are only focused on your own kids. If you see the other person’s child running away, help them out. As long as the other person doesn’t mind, help each other out while at a playdate.
Share your heart – Don’t put up a fake wall that keeps the other person from seeing your true heart. Share what’s on your heart and mind. Playdates aren’t just for the kids. Remember how much better you feel when you really get to know someone. This can happen at playdates too!
Don’t overschedule yourself – Some moms and dads have playdates lined up for every day of the week. When it comes to scheduling a playdate, keep it realistic and don’t overschedule yourself.
Don’t overstay for the sake of politeness – If you are trying to be nice, but the kids are tired, it’s not worth it. No one will come out of that playdate alive if your kids miss their naptime. No one should think you’re rude for cutting out to put your little ones to bed. Naps are essential to the sanity of any mother.
Don’t gossip – If there’s one rule of thumb to surviving playdates, it’s avoid gossip at all costs. You can share your heart, but you don’t have to share someone else’s dirty laundry.
What tips do you have for surviving a playdate?