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We all get into the same routine. You make the playdate with the same core group of kids and families...which is great to have that circle of support and solid relationships. But, every once and a while, it is nice to change it up, get in a fresh new situation and build other relationships. For this Friday Fit Club, here are a few ideas on outside-the-box playdates to arrange for your kiddo.

-- Playdate with Grandma or Grandpa. Not just when Grandma and Grandpa are scheduled for babysitting, but plan a time when they come (and you are around) just to be together and play with the kids. This is prime time to allow your kids to really witness and bond with that older generation of your family. Maybe plan an activity like making a book about some event in Grandpa's childhood.

-- Playdate with a friend of the opposite sex. This is a great idea. Our kids are going to have to get along with boys and girls. Having your daughter (who is really into princesses) play with a boy from her class (who loves cars) is a great way to get her used to different social skills and expose her to new ideas on playing. Check with her on which boy she might like to have a playdate with and then discuss it with his mom to be sure everyone is on board.

-- Playdate with the new kid. If there is a new kid in your child's school, suggest you have a playdate with them. Not only does is this a nice idea to welcome the new child (and her family) to the community, but it teaches your child empathy - if she was new to a school, wouldn't she like it if someone reached out and wanted to play?

-- Playdate with Daddy or Mommy. Just like with Grandma and Grandpa, sometimes, it is nice to have an arranged time to just play with Mom or Dad. An essential thing to do if there has been a new addition to the family, setting up a standing playdate with a parent gives that older sibling the much-needed one-on-one time.

What was the best -- and worst -- playdate your child has had?


by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Member on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Best- same little boy came to visit (they moved out of state) and they  just picked up being friends as if they hadn't ever been apart. It was very sweet.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM
So far all my son does is have play dates with the opposite sex. I dont know any boys his age:(
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM

My Dad plays with my son when they come over for dinner. He loves it.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM

By far my sons favorite playdates are with Daddy. He gets on the floor and seems to have abetter imagination with cars and such, whcih my son loves. All I can think about is...I have dishes, laundry, and dinner waiting for me, lol.

by Bethany on Apr. 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

We haven't had many playdates.  I need to spend more one on one time with the kids though, I think it would help DS to not act out so much if he had my attention to himself once in a while....

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Our best was with a group of kids we met at the library. The worse was with this family who had twin girls. The girls were sooooo mean to other kids and would gang up on kids and try to attack them, even though the twins were a lot smaller than most of the kids

by Sarah on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM

My son stays home with me every day.  Does that mean we have a playdate every day?  LOL  :)

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