Nothing tops a killer play date, am I right? When all goes well and your little darling and her buddies have a magical time enjoying each other’s company, you feel like the most badass parent in the universe.
The flip side, of course, is when the play date goes south and leaves you feeling like the world’s most inept parent. Nobody wants that. In order to avoid that low point, I’m sharing with you 5 simple keys to unlocking fantastic play dates.
1 | Know the parents
I mean REALLY KNOW THEM. When your children are young you can still pick their friends, so do it! Guide your children toward people who do not suck. If you happen to strike up a conversation with another kindergarten parent and they swear, roll their eyes in the direction of their child and/or husband, and mention drinking wine, set up a play date immediately.
Okay, perhaps this is my type of play date parent and not yours. Understandable. The point is to find your parental tribe and cling to them like dog hair on your LuLaRoes. Score that play date with your like-minded mom friends and never look back. Your kids don’t actually like each other? They will learn. Children are far better at making social adjustments than adults.
2 | Serve macaroni and cheese
If you are hosting a play date that intersects with lunch serve macaroni…always. In my experience even the pickiest of eaters will eat mac and cheese. What is there not to like really? It’s warm, gooey, cheesy and carb-o-licious!
Vegetarian eaters? Mac and Cheese fits that bill.
Lactose intolerant kiddos? Pretty sure that orange powder doesn’t have a lick of real dairy product in there anyway.
Crunchy organic kiddos? You know that for a price you can buy the fancy shit. Go ahead and show off mom, you mac and cheese rock star, you!