You’d think with Instagram and Facebook, parents would feel more comfortable scheduling a play date than ever before. But with the many shocking tales that come out about sexual abuse or harassment of kids, I can see why parents are extra cautious. In fact, I’m that way too.
Before I let my kids go over to somebody’s house, I like to meet the parents. As a child, I didn’t understand why that mattered. Like, Mom, what are you going to learn about them in the next 15 minutes that will make or break this play date? If you are nervous, are you going to change your mind and get me back in the car?
Yeah, that’s hilarious. Good job, Baby Boomers. You guys were real safe.
So instead, I like to do a with-the-mom play date. Come over for an hour or so. We’ll have treats and let the kids play while we talk. If our kids don’t play well together, we’ll both know and we mutually won’t contact each other for a play date again.
That doesn’t work so well when the parent doesn’t text you back to schedule anything in the first place. In fact, it’s gets… awkward.
I got to experience this firsthand this week and let me tell you… I’ve been REJECTED.
YouTube video below for long version, but short version… here you go. My daughter wanted to have a play date with a classmate and I didn’t know how to make it happen as we are not allowed any contact information from the school.
I reached out to my daughter’s friend’s mom via the old school method: passing notes. Kinda cute, I thought. Especially since I have absolutely no contact information for this woman.
WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.
PSA: if you want to schedule a play date and you don’t have their contact info… ask them IN PERSON. Save yourself the awkwardness.