The simple playdate trick which will come in handy for every single parent 1 month ago

The simple playdate trick which will come in handy for every single parent

Once your children start school, playdates will become a (big) part of your life.

Yup, it's true. So you might as well embrace it, mama. Open up your heart – and home.

The thing about playdates is, they are sort of like any other date. In the way that when they go well (yay!) you feel euphoric and smug and just delighted with how things are going. And when they are less than great, well, then you are mentally calculating how you can get out of this and how much longer you have to stick it out.

However, mamas, I recently came across a great tip on Purewow – straight from the mouth of a nursery school teachers (so, you know, someone who knows what they are talking about), the key to successful playdates? Keep 'em short and sweet.

In fact – Cap the playdate at 45 minutes. Max. “End on a high” were her exact words.

Yup, it's true – and when you think about it, this actually makes all sorts of sense.

Because as all parents know, when it comes to kids, there is a thin line between 'having a great time' and 'literally hell is breaking loose.' And the thing is, leaving on high, when everyone is still having fun, well, that'll just make it all the more fun to suggest another playdate sometime in the future, no?

“Keeping playdates short will help avoid meltdowns, squabbles and other misbehaviours,” say the parenting experts at Understood.org.

“Giving fair warning by announcing that the playdate is nearly over and initiating cleanup time increases the likelihood that the playdate will end on a high note.”

What do YOU think, mama? Would you try this trick? Or does 45 minutes sound a little too short? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @Herfamilydotie