I realize I am not going to make any mom friends by what I am about to say but dang it, I am going to say it anyway. I dislike play dates. I despise everything about them. I hate having to clean up before you show up to my house with your child. I hate having to clean up after you leave. It’s more than that though because I don’t like going to your house for a play date either. I don’t like talking about our children the whole time our kids are “hanging out”. There’s only so much poop and breast milk talk even a mom can take. Lets get completely honest. I don’t care how well or how shitty your kid is sleeping or that you found the newest, greatest diaper cream. And it never fails, when you come over (or I come over) the conversation is consumed with our littles. Maybe it’s because I stay at home with my kids that feel like I get mother overload with my fill of Dora the Explorer, blow out diapers and testing different diaper creams. Or maybe I am just a horrible mother but really, I would like to have conversations that involve YOU-who you are, what you like, what you dream of when the kids move away and you’re left with yourself.
Even beyond kid talk though, I really hate having to police my kid around your kid. My children are well; children and they aren’t always the best at sharing or “using their words” and while I do use playing with other children as an opportunity to remind my kids of their manners, It can also be stressful to have to correct my kids behavior just because there’s another kid around.
This whole idea of play dates must be a new thing. I don’t remember my mom ever carting me to someone else’s house with a bag of snacks in tow, parking it on someone’s couch for hours chatting about my bowel movements while reminding me to share. No way! The only “play date” I knew was being dropped off at someone’s house while mom ran errands. And maybe that’s it. It’s not that I dislike hanging out with the moms of the play dates. I love to hang sans kid and share a cocktail. But I would much rather this “play date” consist of our kids, running around playing while I do what I normally do with my kids at home-write blogs….hahaha or laundry or whatever else needs to get done. In fact, those type of play dates I love because your kid is entertaining mine. Everyone wins.
And while were at it lets talk about the term “play date”. I hate even the term. Frankly, it freaks me out. I don’t want the word “date” anywhere near either of my girls until they are at least 30! Why can’t your kids/my kids just play? “Tracy would like to play with Sara this Saturday, are you guys free?” That’s so much better than “We should set up a play date for Saturday”. No. I am not doing it anymore. Take your dates somewhere else. I’ll watch your kid, you can watch mine but I am breaking up with these “dates”.