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here my question, When invited for "playdates" with other home-school moms ..how long should you stay?
It's like when my kids and other home-school kids get together they dont want to stop playing because they dont get to see each other on a daily basis...which is akward because you want the kids to enjoy them selves but you dont want to over stay your welcome kwim
and i have never known when its appropriate to leave...like time frame wise...is most playdates 1 hr 2 hr 3 hr???
and how do you leave? i mean i just dont want to run out the door franticly , i never have know how to say okay its time to leave with out maybe sounding like i "want" to leave kwim...i want to sound as if i had a good time .
but i find my self saying we should go for about 20 mins feeling odd...and then in the end wondering how long she was thinking that she wish we would have left a bit earlier..Not saying this has happened but,I just dont want to over stay and wear out my welcome and future invites
and then another question...if some one invites you over should you let them know that you would love to do this again or should you just wait till they invite you again?
i went over to a ladys home to swim and made a comment that if she ever wants to get together again to please call me...but i think she felt like i was asking for another invatation ...but i ment pool,park anything..she said that she call me or if i wanted to call her and we could play it by ear....
but i kinda felt weird...
it was our 1st play date "just us"and i like her ,kids liked each other..& were pretty rural so not alot of familys in the area kwim"
sigh wasnt making friends when you were kids so much easier???
I would ask up front, actually. For us, we've always done 2 hours, but that's because we schedule it on a group calendar online, and that's what the calendar says. Most of us have little ones as well, so they get cranky after a couple of hours. You could also schedule lunch playdates. Say you'll meet at the park at 11 for play and lunch, that way when everyone's tired and finished eating (around 1), you'll both be ready to leave.
when I set up actual playdates with other homeschooler's they are not group things. I usually keep it to 2-2.5 hours. Sometimes meeting at a park is best at first..then if one family needs to leave before the other it's no big deal and it can help to get a feel for each other outside of someone's home.
I always tell the mom ( well if I want to anyway) that we should do this again etc..
Homeschooling "soccer mom" by day.. crazy bartender by night
Noah 17,Declan 10, Jadziah 8, Taejan 6