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How To Organize a Parent-Friendly Playdate

With a little planning, playdates can be as fun for you as they are for the kids.


  • TIP: If the kids are under 4, go ahead and ditch parents you don't like; children that young don't usually form attachments to friends.
  • Step 1: If the kids are friendly but the adults are not particularly, take turns supervising the playdate while the other parent gets some me-time.
  • FACT: The term "playdate" originated in the early 1980s.
  • Step 2: Keep the conversation light, especially if the other parent is not one you would choose as a friend. Don't debate parenting techniques or try to one-up each other on the children's development.
  • Step 3: Set up a card, board, or video game that the parents can play while the kids are occupied.
  • Step 4: Get several parents and children together and chip in for a babysitter so the adults can socialize knowing the children are being supervised.
  • Step 5: Make snack time a treat for the adults, too, by serving something special.
  • Step 6: If the play date is with someone new, meet in a neutral location. You'll have an escape if things go south – for you or your child.

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