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5 Low-Effort Keys to Fantastic Playdates

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!

You know the drill my faithful bad-ass readers.  Click here to read the rest of this article.

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25 thoughts on “5 Low-Effort Keys to Fantastic Playdates

  1. I think I lack in this department especially with friends that my son has in school, but it’s hard to maintain relatioships with mothers like that I think in my opinion. I am a young mother so maybe I just feel ackward in situations like that and stay to myself.

  2. The kids that are my kids friends well their parents are really good friends. We all raise our kids about the same and treat each other children as our own. Makes life so much easier.

  3. What is it with mac and cheese? I know it’s delicious, but for some reason the kids go crazy for it. Perhaps it’s the neon orange in addition to the carbs, fats, and oils? Anyway, you just reminded me that we need to schedule more play dates. Thanks for joining us at the #happynowlinkup!

  4. We’ve had some good and some not so good play dates! Most of the parents are nice but some of the kids weren’t so nice to my little guy! That’s a tough one!

  5. Ha I love this. Mac and cheese is always a winner. it’s definitely easier when you are friends with the parents, too! #FamilyFun

  6. I never really thought about it but actually all my kids early friends were through parents I liked! funny how we steer things. Mac cheese and spag bol are safe ones here and for the real fussy eater pizza! #BloggerClubUK

  7. Great advice. My poor son doesn’t get many play dates because all his friends are always busy at after school clubs and things which are my son’s idea of hell, but on the odd occasions when I have been able to arrange things I can definitely attest to the whole there’s a crowd thing!

  8. Pizza is usually my go to instead of the Mac and Cheese. I make up some dough (or get pre-made, or gluten free if you need to) put out the toppings and everyone makes their own. And this is usually the only planned activity I do, otherwise it’s “here are some toys, go!”

  9. I am liking these tips. Mac and cheese, who would have thought. When I was little, one of the mums always did cheese on toast (I see a cheese theme running here), everyone loved her. Thank you for sharing these fab tips with the #DreamTeam 🙂

  10. Great tips! My boy want his 6th Birthday party at home this year with 10 of this friends! I think I will need to persuade him to reduce that to 8 or 6 or even 4! We live in a cubby hole! lol! Thank you for sharing your tips with us on #FabFridayPost xx

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