Best Summer Ever: Day 58
Plan a Play Date
Kids getting restless? Maybe it's time to invite some extra kids over so that they can eliminate the boredom factor. Here are some tips on planning a play date. (PS: Don't forget to invite the parents, too.)
Choose your time of day with care. Young children tend to be at their best first thing in the morning when they’re well-rested. Having an afternoon play date can be a bit riskier because it may mean that some of the youngest children will miss out on a much-needed nap -- not exactly the best way to guarantee play date success.
Move your child’s favorite toys (for example, the teddy bear he sleeps with) from the family room to his bedroom before the guests arrive so that he won’t be obligated to share his most prized possessions.
Encourage the children who are visiting to bring along a toy to share. That way, the "host kid" won’t be the only one who has to share his toys.
Come up with creative solutions for dealing with toy-related conflicts. An egg timer can work wonders: even very young children will quickly learn that the tell-tell "ding" means that it’s time to let the next person have their turn with the toy.
When you’re planning activities for the play date, be sure to include some neutral activities that don’t revolve around the sharing of toys: for example, playing with watering cans or sidewalk chalk in the backyard or doing crafts together as a group.Make sure that the area where the parents congregate for coffee allows everyone to keep an eye on the children. If not, take turns supervising. (You don't want to become so caught up in the conversation that no one notices that one of the toddlers has gone AWOL or if a fight erupts over a toy.)