A Playmate's House
Give (and get) the lowdown. Before dropping your child off for a play date, tell the host parent if your child has any physical limitations, dietary restrictions, or allergies. Has your child had a recent injury or illness, for instance? Is he a vegetarian or allergic to peanut butter? Or does he have asthma that is triggered by cats? (If your child has severe allergies or asthma, send along emergency medication.) Find out, too, whether a parent will be home and supervising kids, particularly if they'll be using a pool.
Leave a number. Let the host parent know how you can be reached, whether at home, at work, or on a cell phone. Set a time that you'll pick up your child, or (if he's old enough) that he'll ride his bike or walk home.