How important for kids to have playdate after school?

Sheenu - posted on 01/28/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




Hi.My son is 5 years old and having a group of friends he playing with in school.I am housewife, looking after the younger one also. Unfortunately, I am not very close to his friend's mums and so we don't see lots of people most of the time. I feel guilty when I see other mums are busy in going round to others and meeting up. I am worried if it is going to affect my son's social behaviour?infact, I am in continuous stress since he started school, thinking that I am not a good mum. Can anyone help me to give suggestion and help me coming out of the guilt and stress. Thanks.


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Sherri - posted on 01/28/2012




I think it is important for him to be able to see his friends during school but also outside of school. If there is someone in particular that he is close too. Why not approach the mom and strike up a conversation and let her know that the boys would love to get together after school sometime. Or send a note for the little boy to school that invites him over for a playdate include your phone # and name and allow the other parent to contact you so you guys could set it up.

Jodi - posted on 01/28/2012




My kids don't have friends over on school afternoons. Honestly, by the time they get home from school, any homework needs to be done (or when they were younger, we would read together), snack, etc, there is really not a lot of free play time until dinner. And as they have gotten older, there are sports commitments, etc. It doesn't make you a bad mother at all. They get to spend time with their friends at school, and occasionally on weekends and school holidays. That's perfectly fine.

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