What to discuss with other parents before playdates? (Needham, MA Parents)

Q: My children are 6 and 9 and are going to their friends’ houses to play. What is the best way to communicate our rules and boundaries to these parents who will be supervising my children while they are in their house?

A: Play dates are a way for children to learn and improve their social skills, says the Help for Families panel.

Going to another child’s house to play is a normal part of a child’s development and the first steps toward being independent. It is a transition for both the children and the parents.

The panel wonders: What is troubling you about this play date?

“If you are worrying about this, maybe you shouldn’t be sending them to play,” says Erin Stalsitz. “These are things that should be worked out in advance.”


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