Hailey's Mommy: Now that my daughter is getting older and transitioning from the infant stage into toddlerhood, the invitations for playdates are starting to make their way toward us. And while I am a big advocate of healthy socialization and chose daycare as her primary care because of the exposure to other children she benefits from, I feel as though the time that we would spend on playdates would cut into quality "us time." Why would I want to dedicate our time continuing the play they already get while in daycare?
The thought of going to hang out with someone I barely know while our kids play just doesn't excite me. Quick conversation during pick-ups and drop-offs is fine, but a whole hour or so? What if I'm stuck with "Crafty Cathy"? I'm sure relevant interest topics would run dry and I'd spend the whole time watching the clock. She'd probably discuss brownie recipes and homemade costumes while I'm talking about take-out and wine. Or better yet, what if she ends up being the super-overprotective type? My kid's a bit tough and loves to play rough sometimes. What if all she did was hover over the kids playing? I'd spend the whole time making sure that my toddler doesn't do something that may piss off this mom and send us packing.
And I'm definitely sure I'd say something that would heighten the situation, which may then impair our ability to cross paths at daycare in a nice and friendly manner. Don't get me wrong, I love to hang out with friends and have our kids play together. But a "playdate" with a relative stranger and her kid? Not for me. I'd rather wait in line at the grocery store or hang out at the groomers while our dogs get a haircut. No offense.
How do you feel about playdates?
|Hailey's Mommy, also known as Shelly De Leon, is a long time pet parent and first time mom to a lovable super-active toddler. Prior to momlogic, she worked in television production and endured almost impossible shoot schedules and insane travel. Now, with a walking toddler, a Yorkie, a Moddle, a husband, and a fulltime job, everyday life is a challenge she loves to take on. She's a career professional and a wife, but her favorite title is "Mommy".|