Here's how we feel about playdates:
When they are good, they are very very good;
When they are bad they are horrid.
You know what we mean, right?
A great playdate sparks such energy and delight in our little ones. They get swept into imaginative play, try on every costume in the dress-up bin, or invent elaborate pretend scenarios. The experiment with each other's toys, show off their treasures, or examine books together. An idea from one child leads to a new thought from the other, and they go back and forth in a spiral of creativity. What a joy!
A bad playdate, on the other hand, goes like this: The children squabble over toys, and want only the very thing that the other one has. No one can agree on what to play. Mediation prolongs the stand-off but doesn't diffuse it. Harsh words fly, sometimes hands and feet too, and tears flow. What a horror!
So how do we avoid the horror and promote the good? Here are a few tips on organizing happy playdates from a few of our most trusted experts:
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