Well, here we are again discussing one of those hot parenting topics: playdates!
The fun never ends, it seems. Like anything, there are good playdates and bad playdates. Unfortunately, it’s the bad ones that often stay in our collective memories for years to come.
Being a parent of many, this is a topic that I’ve dealt with before, and often. The logistics, etiquette and general rules surrounding what should seemingly be a simple get-together are so much more involved and complex than one would generally imagine. Make one false move, and you – and your child – will be blacklisted from the playdate pool, which is not something you’re going to want to have to explain to your child. Accordingly, you need to buck up, moms and dads, do your job and get into the playdate groove so that your kids don’t suffer being shunned from the good times that await in the house down the street.
I was recently interviewed for an article on bad playdates, which can be found here. Luckily, there are ways to avoid some of the nightmarish scenarios outlined in the piece by following some simple steps.
Following is my appearance on The Morning Show at Global News with advice for flustered parents:
VIDEO: How to Deal With Playdates
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