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10 Signs You're Experiencing a Playdate Fail

We’ve all been there. You finally cave to your child’s pleas to have that kid from class over that is always wiping his runny nose on his sleeve and is solely responsible for the fact that your kid can’t complete a sentence that doesn’t reference a bodily function.

Perhaps it’s not your child’s endless begging that wears you down, but the absence of an excuse when the mom in your carpool group, whose voice makes you temporarily envy the hearing impaired, asks for the dozenth time if the two of you can get your kids together.

While these are the makings of a playdate fail of epic proportions, sometimes disaster strikes when you are least expecting it.

Here are a few telltale signs you may be experiencing a playdate fail:

  • Your guest is more interested in the television 1 of 10
    Your guest is more interested in the television
    You invite your kid's pal to escape the whiny voice of Caillou pounding its way into your brain from your television speaker. Having a playmate whose idea of fun involves The Fresh Beat Band or (shudder) Yo Gabba Gabba is counter-productive to your migraine reduction technique.
  • Your kid leaves with bite marks 2 of 10
    Your kid leaves with bite marks
    There's nothing worse than realizing you've set your kid up with a pal that turns out to be a tiny cannibal. A playdate that requires a rabies shot is a definite fail.
  • Someone loses something in their nose 3 of 10
    Someone loses something in their nose
    Nostril spelunking is not an activity any parent enjoys and digging for a lost Lego in a foreign nose is even worse.
  • Someone actually loses an eye 4 of 10
    Someone actually loses an eye
    Don't you hate when a parent entrusts you with their child with perfect vision and you have to return to them a kid who does a mean pirate impression? If your child or his friend requires an eye patch by the day's end, you may be experiencing a playdate fail.
  • Your kid’s playmate won’t stop crying in the corner 5 of 10
    Your kid's playmate won't stop crying in the corner
    If your child's friend does a mean wounded animal impression and you spend half the afternoon coaxing her from the corner, that is a fail.
  • Your child gets scammed 6 of 10
    Your child gets scammed
    If you send your kid to a pal's house with a brand new, remote-controlled walking, talking robot and they return with a paper clip and ball of yarn he "traded" his friend for, your kid has been robbed, not befriended.
  • Pick up time comes and goes 7 of 10
    Pick up time comes and goes
    If you find yourself feeding your child's friend lunch and then dinner, you may wonder if his parents mistook your afternoon playdate invitation for a sleepover. If they fail to return your phone calls or texts, you may be experiencing a playdate fail.
  • Your home suffers permanent marker damage 8 of 10
    Your home suffers permanent marker damage
    Any afternoon of play that ends with you on your knees scrubbing the walls with a magic eraser is grounds for a permanent decline on future invitations.
  • The other mom won’t leave 9 of 10
    The other mom won't leave
    We've all been there. Held hostage by a mom that drinks all our wine and tries to sell us Avon while her child terrorizes our own one room over. A mom can make or break a playdate regardless of whether the children get along well or not.
  • Your kid’s vocabulary expands 10 of 10
    Your kid's vocabulary expands
    By four letters.


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