Ever wonder what the formula to a perfect playdate is? Keep in mind that I have a 3 year old and a 12 month old, but here are my ‘insider tips.’
Choice is Key! Looking for a great playdate spot starts with having a few options ready for your tots. As your little one grows older, their patience for single task can be very limited. I like to take along a few options for redirecting bored behaviour without needing to manage their playdate.
Keep in mind that you will have company. Playdates can quickly head downhill if you have forgotten to pack enough snacks to share or pulled out a toy that is not a share friendly activity. If you plan ahead, you save heart breaks and the possibility of needing to head home early!
Preparing your tots for the worst case scenario before heading into a playdate is a great way to set the stage on how your playdate can be a ‘fundate.’ Many children like the reminder of what is ok behaviour and will feel proud after the playdate. Be sure to use positive communication! “Mommy would love to see you play with your friends using gentle hands, and inside voices.”