Until recently, my kids didn’t go on many playdates. After a bad experience with a mom’s group and swearing off mommy dating for awhile, it was hard to set any up. I wasn’t too worried about my daughter missing out on anything though with her classes and time with family and friends. However, outside of class there weren’t very many kids her age that we hung around with.
As my daughter made friends this year, she started receiving birthday party and playdate invites. She gets so excited about seeing her friends at class, but even more so about seeing them somewhere else. Long ago I dismissed the idea of attending regular playdates. It’s not easy when we only have one car, missing out on activities scheduled during the week.
After finding the right group of friends though, we’ve been getting together for regular playdates. It’s been great for the kids. They get excited and look forward to going (but never happy about leaving). It’s also been great for me. I used to think playdates were just for the kids. In some cases that may be true, but I’m not sure how often I’d plan outings if I didn’t really want to be there myself.