So, I am having a wonderful play date the other day ( well the kids were having the play date , I was enjoying my time hanging out with the Mommy, my friend)let’s call it a family play date! Then it occurred to me, what is the appropriate duration of a play date for children the ages of 2-5? What the hell is proper play date protocol? Seriously, I have had play dates that have lasted a half hour that seemed like an eternity. Play dates that lasted 5 hours and it seemed like not quite enough time together. Play dates where you are waiting to put in your time so you can leave. You know what I am talking about. You are sitting there, watching the clock, thinking to yourself, can I leave now without looking like a giant a**hole? I guess it all depends on the company and the activity. But really, there has to be some kind of etiquette to this; some sort of method to all the madness. If not, chaos will break out. Mommies will be walking out mid sentence once they start hearing something they don’t like; others will become squatters! Oh no, the humanity. I am so lucky, I have been doing this Mommy gig long enough to have a really great group of
Mommies kids that we have play dates with, so really most of our play dates are ,seriously, 2-5 hours in duration (so awesome how well my girls sleep on those nights). Sometimes we hit the zoo, sometimes we watch a kids movie, sometimes we have coffee and the kids play dress up, sometimes it a combo and lunch. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt the need to flee the scene of a play date going to hell in a hand basket but I know they are out there. I just want to know what the acceptable behavior is in such scenarios? Any ideas? Send them my way.I’d like to share them with all the mom’s I know, cause if one more person gets up in the middle of my conversations to leave…my head may explode:) LOL I jest….no one leaves when I’m on one of my tirades.