I am a mom of a first grade boy. My son has a friend at school that has been asking him over for a play date. The dynamics are different, because this child's mom works and the dad stays at home. The play date invites typically are for the dad to come by and pick up my child. Since I have not met the parents , I keep kindly saying no. I have tried to initiate a public meeting place. Any advice?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/09/2013

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Does this dad pick up his son at school? If so, that is the perfect time to introduce yourself, and arrange the playdate. Just out of curiosity, what have you done to initiate a public meeting?

Just because the dynamic is different in your home, it doesn't mean that the other kid's family is "weird"...it just means that mom is the worker, and dad is the stay home parent! It has been the same in my house since my youngest was in 1st grade. I went to work, and hubby stayed home.

And every parent has the desire to meet the other parents, so I guess I don't see where the hesitation lies. Explain to both boys that you would like to meet with the other kid's parents. Ask your son to get his friend's phone number so that you can call and set up the initial meeting. The sooner you learn to be comfortable interacting with other parents, the better, because from here on out, your son is going to bring home friends from all walks of life.

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Gen Jin - posted on 01/16/2013

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Yeah. You are right. Maybe you can ask them to go outside on weekends with the whole family.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/10/2013

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Jen, I will add that it can be intimidating to initiate contact with other parents, especially the first few times. I was always afraid that the other parents would think I was over protective, but they didn't. And I made some really good friends that way, even if our kids didn't continue to hang out!

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