We love our children with all our heart. They are our world. But sometimes, we need a little adult interaction. So, what’s a good way to combine your child’s socialization with your own? A parent playdate.
Usually, playdates consist of one parent inviting a child (or children) over to play with his or her own. The guest’s parents typically drop off their child and the host takes over. This type of playdate has many developmental benefits for children and also for you (because sometimes you need child-free time).
In the case of a parent playdate, the invitation is for the child and his or her parents. Then upon arrival, the kids go off to play and the parents get some time to interact with other adults. This type of playdate offers social and intellectual benefits to children, but also offers a host of benefits to you as parents. Let’s take a look at three specific ones.
- Social time (out of the house). Having a child, especially during the first couple of years, can keep you pretty busy at home, without much chance to leave the house except for work or errands. It also doesn’t leave you much time to keep company with other adults. A parent playdate is a great way to have social adult-time, with conversation that allows you to get back in touch with the non-parent facets of your personality. And you won’t have to worry about finding a babysitter.
- Shared experiences. Adult playdates can also be somewhat of a support group, a wonderful source of advice, and an outlet to express both the joys and the frustrations of parenting. Most of all, it’s just a nice feeling to be around people who understand what you are going through.
- De-stressing. Parent playdates are a great way to develop a community of parents who take shared responsibility for childcare and allow you a well-deserved timeout. This isn’t to say that you are ignoring your duties as a parent when you’re at a playdate. It means that you are providing a safe, caring place for your child to interact with peers while you get some time (within arm’s reach) for yourself.
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