Summer vacation has officially started for every single kid I know. Plenty of late nights in the backyard, firefly catching, and of course, playdates stretch out in front of us. Today's version of "playing with the neighborhood kids" is something we parents feel required to plan to "keep the kids connected." Our parents threw us outside to play early on a summer morning and didn't expect us back until supper. We plan out get-togethers with their buddies, complete with games and meals.
Don't get me wrong. I love me some playdates. They are a perfect way to ward off the dreaded "I'm bored" that comes from kids who've become accustomed to a teacher telling them what to do all day long.
But as every parent knows, not all playdates are created equal.
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If you're depending on playdates to keep your kid (and you) sane this summer, allow me to offer a little advice on how to keep things from going off the rails!
Do you do summer playdates for your kid? How do you keep things from going nuts?
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