How to Host a Successful Playdate
Here are our tips for a successful playdate
- Pick a good time to play—not right before nap time when your kid turns into Mr. Crankypants.
- Don't go overboard. No need to rent a bouncy castle just to show the kids a good time. Keep it simple with a few age-appropriate toys.
- Stick to two kids. Three's usually a crowd when it comes to playdates.
- Start with a loose plan—but be flexible. Take out some paper and crayons and let the kids be creative. But if they get bored, be willing to switch gears.
- Establish rules early on. It's not unreasonable to tell your little guest that he's not allowed to draw on the walls, to jump on the couch, or to throw food, for instance.
- Make sure there are snacks on hand. Feeding the kids could help prevent a meltdown!
- Don't force the kids to interact. Kids—especially young kids—often favor parallel play where they do their own thing in the same room as their friend. It's perfectly normal and still counts as playing.
- Set an end time so the playdate doesn't drag on. Short and sweet is good!
- Clean up along the way—before starting a new activity—and make sure the kids help out!