Play date etiquette is definitely a learned activity. Sometimes the ‘date’ is a new acquaintance so setting boundaries is always a good thing. A good friend once told me one of her first time play dates lasted 5 hours - eek! Play dates are as much about getting little ones together as it is allowing Mom’s to interact with fellow adults. In order to help ensure everyone has a good time, here are a few guidelines I use when it comes to play dates:
• Set a start and end time (ideally no more than 2 hrs).
• Bring your own drink and snacks
• Bring spare diaper/wipes
• Help pick up the tornado your child helped create
• Be respectful of the other child’s temperament, if it seems like it’s time to go – exit stage left.
I’m not perfect and my little one isn’t either but we try to abide by the above in order to get invited back :-). What are some things you do to make play dates go smooth?