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Teaching Kids Healthy Habits Teaching Kids Healthy Habits

You have groovy, yummy, healthy snacks. You've prepped everyone about good-bye time. But what else can you do to make playdates go well and be a fun time your kids will want to repeat? I've got five tips to make that good playdate great.

 -- Keep it small. Invite maybe one or two friends over. With more than that, the groups can splinter off and not be as inclusive or fun. The smaller, the better.

-- Change it up. If you always go to someone's home, try having it at your house. Or meet up at the local playground for a picnic and outdoor playdate. Also, change up who you have playdates with -- it's great to have besties, but also try having your daughter play with a different girlfriend. This is a great habit to get into, seeing how you can be friends with lots of different types of kids.

-- Have ideas ready. Sometimes even the best of little friends need ideas on what to do. Kicking off the playdate with an organized activity like making a bead necklace or helping you bake cookies and decorating paper plates to eat them off of can be a good transition into the playdate.

-- Hide the blankie. This means to put any special lovies or toys your child may not want to share in a special place, maybe your bedroom or your closet. Another good idea, if you are the guest, bring along two toys for your child to share. This can go a long way in helping the whole toy-sharing situation. (For more on sharing, check out some of the posts we did a few weeks ago!)

-- Check in every once and a while. If the kids are playing in a basement or another room, be sure to pop your head in every so often and see how it is going. Just in case they need something, if someone needs to use the potty or whatever.

Share your best playdate advice and stories!

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by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Wish2Be
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 8:06 AM

 We are not at the check in on them stage yet...they are only 2.5 years old.....I think maybe once they are 4 or 5 we can do that, but its a good idea for then :)

Wish2Be
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 8:08 AM

 

Quoting ceciliam:

These are all great ideas. We do park meet-ups all the time.

 We usually do those in the fall. Its just too HOT here in FL to do them very often.

When the sun is out all day its not just a heat issue but you gotta worry about sun burns, the slides or swings being to hot to play on, the sand being hot, and keeping them hydrated.

The last doesnt seem that hard, but its kinda hard to grab a kid while they are having fun to sit down for a minute and have a drink.

I wish we lived where you do!

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bethany169
by Bethany on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM


Quoting Wish2Be:

 

Quoting ceciliam:

These are all great ideas. We do park meet-ups all the time.

 We usually do those in the fall. Its just too HOT here in FL to do them very often.

When the sun is out all day its not just a heat issue but you gotta worry about sun burns, the slides or swings being to hot to play on, the sand being hot, and keeping them hydrated.

The last doesnt seem that hard, but its kinda hard to grab a kid while they are having fun to sit down for a minute and have a drink.

I wish we lived where you do!

That's our problem here in TX too - we try to finish all outdoor activities by 10 or 11 because it's just too hot otherwise.

bethany169
by Bethany on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Even if I didn't work during the week and therefore have no real time for playdates, I don't have many friends with kids close in age to mine that live nearby.  Our neighborhood playground is always deserted and all the kids/moms that we meet at the Y, on the kids' sports teams, etc, live at least 20 minutes away so it's hard to meet people that live nearby.  I can't wait until they start school so we can start meeting some people who live nearby!!

soccerchik8287
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Aw that is tough not having any kids nearby!

Quoting bethany169:

Even if I didn't work during the week and therefore have no real time for playdates, I don't have many friends with kids close in age to mine that live nearby.  Our neighborhood playground is always deserted and all the kids/moms that we meet at the Y, on the kids' sports teams, etc, live at least 20 minutes away so it's hard to meet people that live nearby.  I can't wait until they start school so we can start meeting some people who live nearby!!


bethany169
by Bethany on Apr. 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Luckily they get plenty of playtime with other kids at daycare so it's not a huge deal, but once in a while, it would be nice to meet up with some other kids and moms on the weekends.

Quoting soccerchik8287:

Aw that is tough not having any kids nearby!

Quoting bethany169:

Even if I didn't work during the week and therefore have no real time for playdates, I don't have many friends with kids close in age to mine that live nearby.  Our neighborhood playground is always deserted and all the kids/moms that we meet at the Y, on the kids' sports teams, etc, live at least 20 minutes away so it's hard to meet people that live nearby.  I can't wait until they start school so we can start meeting some people who live nearby!!



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