I work full time so dd usually doesn't have too many play dates but when we do I sort of make a day of it with her usually making cookies or muesli bars etc in the morning - she loves cooking! I also make sure she cleans up afterwards . I also just keep and eye on the other child/parent for my cue to stay/leave
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14-01-2013 17:52 #21
14-01-2013 18:12 #22
14-01-2013 21:17 #23
We don't bring food, everyone just provides when it's at their place.
DD always has to help her friends pack up the toys or whatever their doing. DS is little so I clean up his mess.
Sitting and actually being able to have coffee depends on on the friend. With most friends I can do this, however there are a couple who literally can not leave their kids for a minute so they are more with the kids then having coffee.
14-01-2013 21:54 #24
Re: Playdate etiquette...
We don't bring food unless we've planned it with the host.
I always get DS to help clean up and will help him if it looks like a big job. I also always clean up from what we have eaten/drunk.
Staying varies on who we are with and how the kids are going. I do get a bit worried when people stay for ages at our house and DS needs to nap but I never say anything.
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14-01-2013 22:12 #25
When I have friends and their kids here they always bring all the food. Most of them tell me not to get anything because im hosting. But I will almost always take something with me to their places too.
We can play and hang out for a whole day!
14-01-2013 22:21 #26
15-01-2013 07:19 #27
Nawww Muminmind I didn't mean to make you feel bad, or anyone else I was just wondering what most people do. I guess it doesn't really matter whether you are visiting or hosting, but it seems that most people have some kind of established give/take system, where it all balances out in the end, more or less.
I guess yesterday i was having a veiled vent, I was in a crappy mood and got taken advantage of yet again by someone who almost consistently takes and doesn't give. Most of us have had a friend like that at some stage, they never have change to pay for their coffee, or get the last round at the pub so half the drinkers have gone home or had enough. And even then I can understand and empathise, I've had periods where money was very tight and buying a coffee was a luxury. It just sh*ts me when someone has a nice house, two cars, 5 star holidays, a gourmet diet yet can't be bothered to stop at the grocers and pick up a bit of watermelon or a packet of crackers. Ever. Whether she's hosting or visiting. Grrrr. [/vent]
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15-01-2013 07:28 #28
15-01-2013 09:46 #29
Re: Playdate etiquette...
It sounds weird, but when I have people over, I dont expect them to bring a thing, I too just expect gratitude. But on the other hand, I always bring something when I go to friends' houses, I would feel rude otherwise.
I always clean up, but if the hosts say to leave it, I will leave it.
15-01-2013 13:21 #30
I'd bring food for my children, if not to share. Bringing something is kind of good manners anyway, so I think that might be a nice gesture.
I'd be there for about 2 hours at most, less if the kids start to act up and get stroppy.
And definitely tidy up the mess your kid helped to make (or get them to do it if they're old enough).
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