Do you have rules for playdates?
I am not very good at playdates. I never have been.
First up the fact they are called playdates which just about bugs the hell out of everyone doesn’t it?
We have a pretty easy going street and half the time the kids just run up and down knocking on friend’s doors asking if Jessica can come out to play.
(Yes, that still happens.)
But when it comes to making new friends from school and sports, and having to organise a “playdate” I find it all a bit contrived.
I think I project all my neuroses and insecurities into my kid’s playdates. All those left over issues from school.
Will they like my kids? Will they be bored? Please let my child share. Please don’t look under the couch. Oh god did I clean the toilet?
I wish we all just sang from the same songbook when it came to playdates, all stuck to few basic rules.
But I know not everyone is gonna like ‘em.
1. Say hi then scoot.
I am sure that on a different occasion you and me would be great mates. We could drink wine and exchange anecdotes about the times before kids. We could compare notes about which teacher gave the least homework and talk private vs. public schools.
But this isn’t a coffee date, or an invitation for a drink so drop off your munchkin, check my credentials and split. I have stuff to do.
Obviously, of course if your little one is a LITTLE ONE then I would expect you to stay. I ain't wiping your kid’s tush.
2. They eat what they get.
Okay so not if they have allergies or food intolerances I get that, but if it’s just that when at home Johnny isn’t allowed salty crackers the fact is that when Johnny is at my house he can eat what he gets.
If he doesn’t like it or isn’t allowed then he can wait till he returns home for his coconut water and kale juice.
If it is Friday and my kids are having a paddlepop as a treat and a bag of salt and vinegar chips then that’s what’s on offer. If you disapprove don’t return.
3. I’m not an infirmary.
If Connie has a cold keep her home. If she is coughing up a storm and just woke up but “really, really wanted to come” let’s just reschedule.