12 Kids Moms Hate Having Over for Play Dates

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lego messI'm under no illusions that my own child behaves like a perfect angel when he goes over to friends' houses for play dates. I really am trying to raise a civilized child, and it's not easy. But man, sometimes when we host a playdate I can't help but wonder if some kids are actually being raised by wolves! Here are 12 kinds of kids we dread having over for a playdate. I just hope to God my son never does any of this when he's out of my sight.

  1. The Kid Who Invites Himself Over: It's funny the first time, but every other day? STOP! Why hasn't this kid's parents taught him that it's impolite to invite yourself over to someone's house? If you want to play, why not invite my kid over to YOUR place?
  2. The Kid Who Calls Too Early, Too Often: Saturday we had a kid calling for a play date before I'd had my coffee. I was busy and couldn't talk on the phone. (Text, people. TEXT.) By mid-afternoon I discovered he'd called 15 times. He also calls me in the middle of the day, like I don't have a job or anything.
  3. The Kid Who Never Flushes: ANIMALS! I'll let a mellowing yellow slide. But if you've had a mother-loving bowel movement, you'd better flush that thing down or I will have a very embarrassing conversation with you the next time I see you. They always do it right before leaving, too.
  4. The Kid Who Wants to Get My Kid in Trouble: I see you there, whispering into my child's innocent little ear and glancing over to see if I notice. You're not very subtle. I'm on to you.
  5. The Hungry Kid: She asks for a snack every five minutes -- and inhales the stuff. You're running out of crackers and baby carrots. Don't they feed you at your house?
  6. The Kid Who Abuses Your Pets: What kind of sociopath has your child befriended? The dog is not a toy. He is a valued member of our family! Leave him alone.
  7. The Kid Who Says No: They want a snack, but they hate everything you offer. They want to do something, but they hate all of your suggestions.
  8. The Kid Who Makes a Mess: Dumps all the toys out of drawers, scatters them all over the room, conveniently has to leave just as you're about to make everyone clean up. The worst version of this kid is the one who BREAKS YOUR KIDS' TOYS WITH IMPUNITY.
  9. The Kid Who Doesn't Respect Your Home: This kid tracks in mud, wipes his grimy hands on your nice towels without washing them first, wants to hang out in your bedroom, wants to play on your iPhone.
  10. The Kid Whose Eyes Are Bigger Than His Stomach: This kid is so hungry, can he have a really big glass of milk? Except then he takes two sips and he's done. Or one bite of yogurt, or one bite of an apple. And now you have to throw the whole thing out.
  11. The Kid Who Is a Biohazard: This one has a runny nose and never uses a tissue. Instead, he uses his hand and then smears that hand all over everything. Thanks for the germ-ridden ectoplasm.
  12. The Kid Who Hits: He hits everyone, kids, pets, even you. What a little angel!

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What are your biggest play date pet peeves?


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leona24 leona24

The kid who brags and rubs it in that everything they do or own is so much better than your kids'

amnew... amnewlon8982

Any child that acts like that most likely will not be coming to play at my house. My children aren't perfect by any means but I never allow them to act like that, especially in someone else's home.

lilti... liltigersmom

Ds has a friend that does most of that stuff.

jalaz77 jalaz77

They are kids and are expected to act like this but mine is the kid that is so freaking loud and slams doors. Had to kick a kid out because I told her twice no slamming doors. By the 3rd time I said time to go home. She also hits. Slapped my boy across the face, he was so hurt, he looked at her in shock. Her mom and dad were mortified and she hasn't done it since.

s_ran... s_ranker116

If I have to ask someone to flush the toilet more than once I actually give everyone in the house a demonstation on how to flush a toilet. I'll put a few drops of food color in the bowl and then show everyone how when you flush it makes the color go away. They tend to remember to flush after that.

mamav... mamavaness

Lol. these are my neighbors. They invite themselves over, bang on my door until i answer, kick my dog, always have runny noses, take my daughter toys, and always ask for food. I still let them over, but once my husband comes home they all know to leave because he cant stand them lol.

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

Mine is the kid that is constantly asking for something to eat. And I always have fruit, veggies, cheese, yogurt for my kids snacks and this kid is like "where's the chip?" I'm like "not At my house!"

Coles... Coles_mom

We have two neighbor kids like all of these...brothers. I know they have a horrible home life and I've tried to bite my tongue, but lately I jut lost it with them.

Knitt... KnittyTina

How about the kid who comes over to play but instead wants to hang out with me?  Annoying!  LOL, the kid is supposed to play with my kids, not follow me around chatting nonstop and wanting to "help" with whatever I'm doing.  It's cute the first time, but after awhile, ugh.

Or the kid or kids that come over and NOTHING makes them happy.  They don't want the snacks I have set out for them, they don't want to watch the Disney movie I have playing for them, they don't want to play with certain toys, they don't want to go outside, etc. 

I really really really miss the days when kids just saw other kids playing outside and joined in on the fun without the formality of having a playdate.  I remember doing that and seeing my mom have the house to herself every day in the summer and I so long for that.

Sarah B Freeman

Has to be the bossy kid, and the question kid. P.S. If your kid comes for a playdate, they should want to play with my kid. This isn't Mom's free babysitting service and I don't want to hang out with your 5 year old!


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