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10 Signs You're Experiencing a Playdate Fail

By amberdoty |

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:

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10 Signs You're Experiencing a Playdate Fail

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.


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Amber Doty is a writer, scientist, wife, and mother to two boys. On Babble, Amber wrote for both Strollerderby and KidScoop about parenting news, pop culture, raising school-age children and general parenting tips. More of her work can be found on her website, The Daily Doty.

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6 thoughts on “10 Signs You're Experiencing a Playdate Fail

  1. Michelle says:

    I dunno — marker + walls sounds like a kid WIN to me. Still parent FAIL obviously.

  2. sandra says:

    we had this problem – bite marks. and it was hard to know what to do since we were close with the family in question… but then we had a falling out with the parents so that was the end of that story.

  3. Kori says:

    This article was a FAIL! Kids aren’t perfect all the time. We have had good dates and bad dates. Just because kids act out or don’t get a long sometimes doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get to play again. My daughter bit her best friend going through a stage and he in turn body slammed her and colored on my floors, walls, and blinds while I was making lunch. Would his mom forbid my child or I forbid him from a play date over this? No. We taught them why they shouldn’t do these things and tried again. I usually like these articles. This one was simply stupid and out of touch.

  4. Jamie says:

    You forgot the kid that comes over with the excuse of playing with your kid, but it is only to play with their stuff. We have some awesome neighbors who’s kids are out of control, they live above us and if we even set foot into our front yard they are there. We don’t even have to go out sometimes, we just look outside and they are lurking in our driveway or digging through our garage. Good times.

  5. diane caso says:

    How about when the kid behaving badly is yours…at his own house. Nothing more fun for a kid than watching someone sit in timeout after timeout…

  6. Deborah says:

    If the mom wont leave, tell her that it is time to go. Sometimes, you have to be forceful and yes, sometimes rude. But if you know they wont leave your house, try scheduling it at their house.

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