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AIBU to ask about playdate ettiquette?

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Jods1982 Wed 01-Nov-17 16:48:59

Hi there,

My daughter has just started school and has become friends with one of the girls in her class. Her mum asked me if she would like to come over theirs for tea/play.

Are we supposed to go with them and stay or just drop off. I've always stayed for parties etc. Or do I let the mum pick her up from school (we both live a short walk from school)?

Sorry for daft question but still feel quite new to the school thing :-)

WorraLiberty Wed 01-Nov-17 16:53:10

It's awkward isn't it?

I used to meet my child anyway, just to make sure they were still happy to go and so I could take their book bag/lunch box home.

But mostly parents just expected the child to come alone.

TeenTimesTwo Wed 01-Nov-17 16:53:28

"That would be lovely. Would you like me to come with you in case she doesn't settle and we can chat, or would you prefer to just pick her up from school and I pick her up at the end if you have stuff to be getting on with?"

Unless you have a preference in which case

"That would be lovely. Would it be OK if I came the first time as she's not used to play dates" or "That would be lovely, is it OK for you to collect her from school or would you prefer for me to come too?"

KeepServingTheDrinks Wed 01-Nov-17 16:54:03

When they're young it's more usual for the parent to hang around, esp if the child is at all nervy. But some people hate this.

I'd ask the mum. Maybe you could stay for a cuppa and see how it goes?

Jods1982 Wed 01-Nov-17 18:33:44

Thanks everyone. I'll ask the mum

SilverSpot Wed 01-Nov-17 18:54:05

@TeenTimesTwo nailed it

ginteresting Wed 01-Nov-17 18:57:38

Ask the mum incase she's a weird munsnetter with odd rules but at dc school, it would be absolutely unheard of to go with the child. The host collects from school the parent collects at a set time. In half term, I dropped my daughter off and stayed for a cup of tea but that was purely to be sociable

TeenTimesTwo Wed 01-Nov-17 19:17:26

ginteresting I would say that is the norm when they get to year 1, but in Reception many children/parents won't feel comfortable with the child going alone the first time. Plus parents are also often trying to make other parent friends so like the other one to attend. Especially if child is eldest.

Jods1982 Wed 01-Nov-17 19:19:41

I don't have a particular preference and my daughter is very social so I don't think she would be nervous about being there without me. If it was me hosting I'd be more than happy to pick up, but everyones different.

Mamabear4180 Wed 01-Nov-17 19:21:05

Usually the other parent would collect your child and you would pick up later but on a first school friend playdate, you could go and meet your DD and take her things home so you can check she's still ok about it. It's very early into the reception term for playdates already but also so lovely she's been asked!

ginteresting Wed 01-Nov-17 19:33:42

Teen To be honest there is a nursery attached to dds school so by reception all the parents knew each other, before play dates started

YellowMakesMeSmile Wed 01-Nov-17 19:39:19

If it's the first one I'd want to go with them. After that, if happy there was no pond, dogs, smokers etc then I'd be happy for them to go alone.

It's what most seemed to do. Very few let their children come without them on the first occasion.

Yaley Wed 01-Nov-17 19:39:40

It so tedious when the parent stays but I'm speaking as the parent of a Reception child who is very confident about play dates. I fully understand that lots of children aren't ready at this age. Trouble is, my child is constantly inviting other children to our home - usually very loudly when I'm chatting to their parent - and I feel obliged to follow through and then have the child's mother sitting on my sofa for two hours. That's great when it's your first child and it's all novel and fun and life revolves around that one child but when it's not your first and your life is so much busier, play dates are blessed opportunities to have some time to yourself or time to do something else while your child is busy with their friend. This can't happen if the parent tags along.

Anyway, it's entirely up to you. You know if your child is ready. Lots aren't and there's no shame in that.

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