Will they be bored? (and more so, will they drive me up the wall as a result?) Are my snacks healthy AND yummy?Is my house clean or fancy or furnished enough (it's new, well old but you know 'new' to me. I give up)Will the other mom and I hit it off? (and therefore will there be a repeat play date? Preferably at her house next time..haha)
You'd think I was bloody well going on a date myself.
I have duly prepped - cleaned up, made sure I had interesting but healthy food in the pantry and arranged a couple of different activities for them in case all hell broke loose and the kids needed intervention (activities that involved sitting quietly at the dining table, focusing on the task at hand..dream on me!). The hitting off part I can't control..or can I? Maybe I should Google interesting conversation starters for d(m)ummies.
Why are we, as parents, so nervous about our children's social interactions? I believe the apprehension stems from our own experiences - perhaps a reminder of those awkward moments in school or university and that desperate need to belong. I touched on the concept of kids getting their cues from us in a previous post - it is really such a struggle to ignore our own hang ups and insecurities for the betterment of our children but it is something we need to try to do. For our kids are unique beings in themselves - we need to let them develop their own hang ups ;-)
So, I shall brave tomorrow with my 'confident mommy' hat on - one that will ignore the brimming arguments between my son and his friend and let them figure it out on their own. One who will encourage my child's ability to deal with conflict and to be a good host. One who will ignore the unpainted handrail in my foyer. All the while, secretly, cringing every minute until it is over!!!
Let the fun begin,
P.S Would love to hear your experiences with or thoughts about first play dates. Comment away!
UPDATE - No longer a newbie!
So, it's official! I am no longer a play date ignoramus. Yayy! What did I learn from my OCD planning and preparation? NOTHING! The boys were content to run around the house, making 'booby traps' and playing with..wait for it..hangers! I will never understand the male species.
I even hit it off with the mom and we bonded over the importance of sleeping early. Go figure!
Bring it on play date # 2!