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21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun
Day 15: Have A Playdate
It’s time to pick up that phone and call that mom you know. We’re going to step out of our comfort zone and we’re going to build friendships, not only for us, but for our kids too! On today’s edition of 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun we’re forcing ourselves and our children to be social.
A kid about the same age as yours
You and your kid
Today’s fun is brought to you by awkward interaction, anxiously anticipating our toddlers behavior, and parental judgement.
That’s right mom’s and dad’s, we’re building our child’s social skills by forcing them to interact with some random kid just because they’re the same age. To make matters worse, you don’t really know the kids mom, you just know her kid is the same age as you. Awkward!
To set this up, call up that mom and work out a plan that barely works. About 30 minutes in between nap time and a hefty schedule. Decide whether you are going to do it at your house, their house, a park, or lay area. Then, proceed to push down that social anxiety because there’s no turning back now.
What To Expect
Sometimes, these play dates suck because the other mom isn’t on the same parent wave-length you are and you cringe every time she interacts with her child. You also silently wonder if she’s judging you too. You make small talk about your children because there’s nothing else to talk about. You realize that you probably would have never engaged with this woman outside of motherhood, but you stick it out until the bitter end because you know it’s building core values for your tiny tot. If dying a little inside turns your toddler into a good person, then take one for the team.
But…. But…. If you are lucky enough to come across that gem of a woman who has no idea what she’s doing, uses baby wipes for everything, ignores your messy house and asks you if she should bring wine: you hold on to her tight and you lavish in Every! Single! Playdate! Because she is your person. The two of you relish in the fact that your children are pre-occupied and you soak up the adult interaction because OMG you LOVE HER!!!! Sip your wine, chew on your fat-snacks, and laugh about every terrible mistake you’ve made, because she’s not judging you!!
Be sure to schedule another playdate before you go your separate ways, otherwise time and chaos gets in the way. You both know this! Tell her you’ve got the wine next time and text her as soon as she leaves to tell her how wonderful she is and what a great mom she is because she makes you whole!! You’ve found your BMF, (Best Mom Friend).
I would love to hear how your Play Date turned out. Drop your funny but realistic stories below in the comments.
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