All About Stress-Free Playdates
15 Playdate Commandments
Thou Shalt Not:
- Forget to ask: "Are there guns? Unsupervised Internet? Adults you don't know in the house?"
- Stay too long. (An hour is plenty for the littlest kids.)
- Leave without helping to clean up.
- Bring a sick child.
- Schedule playdates at naptime.
- Supervise the kids any less rigorously than you would your own.
- Leave out toys that everybody can't play with. (Put away things that are difficult to share.)
- Let things be one-sided -- always doing just the inviting or the accepting.
- Bring a sibling or a friend to tag along.
- Neglect to have your children say, "Thanks for having me."
- Feed snacks without asking about food allergies and parental preferences.
- Drop off a child who isn't 100 percent potty-trained.
- Plop the kids in front of the TV or video games for the duration.
- Forget that guests always go first.
- Gossip to another mom about a child's behavior. What happens on a playdate stays on a playdate.
7 Snacks to Serve (That Kids Will Like and That Won't Make Moms Roll Their Eyes)
- Bite-size muffins -- try something nutritious like banana, zucchini, or pumpkin
- Individual baggies of trail mix
- Portable bites such as string cheese, yogurt sticks, and cereal bars
- Fruit kabobs
- Rice cakes a la hummus
- Roll-ups (Spread a tortilla with cream cheese, top with turkey and shredded lettuce. Roll, then slice into pieces.)
- Frozen grapes (for children over 4)