The ethics of playdates…

So I am new to this whole thing. How do playdates work? I mean, when our son was really small it was easy: you went to see friends that had kids the same age, but the goal was for you to chat with the parents and the kids’ interaction was secondary. They would play (or scream) side by side anyway.

Now that my son is older, I have to call friends to invite them over. I hate that. I hate the phone. And when my son is invited over to the neighbors, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to go with him or let him go by himself. I mean, most of the time I want to go over to the neighbors to get social interaction. But I don’t want to be a bother. What if my neighbor would rather clean up while the kids play and not sit down and have to offer me a cup of tea and be a good host?

I get the feeling this is only one of a good many things I’m going to have to figure out over the years!

One Response to “The ethics of playdates…”

  1. Mireille Says:

    Ouain, j’avoue que c’est rendu compliqué. Nous, quand on était jeune, il me semble qu’on allait cogner à la porte du voisin et qu’on jouait. Pas besoin de prendre rendez-vous ou quoi que ce soit. Maintenant, quand une amie appelle Amanda et s’invite à jouer, on dit que ses parents cherchent une gardienne gratuite. Peut-être aussi que la petite a envie de jouer avec une amie et que ce n’est pas possible chez-elle… Surtout maintenant que les enfants ne jouent plus dehors sans surveillance et que les écoles de quartier sont parfois loin et donc les copains de classe ne sont pas nos voisins, ça complique la socialisation!