Playdates can help youngsters with cognitive, social-emotional and self-regulatory skills. Set expectations for behaviours and being honest with other parents will reduce anxiety.
Here’s how to make sure your child’s get-together is fun for everyone:
Keep your numbers low
Too many guests mean extra noise and chaos.
Always on time
Drop off and pick up your child at the agreed hours.
If your child is under three, plan to stay. It will help your child feel more comfortable.
Put away special toys. For safety, ask if your guest has allergies or health issues.
Be sure that emergency contact info is exchanged.
Have a few activities up your sleeve in case kids get bored.
10 minute warning
Start the clean up and transition to leaving to avoid tearful goodbyes.
Make sure your child learns to say “thank you for having me” as soon as he or she is old enough.