Family Playdates

Now that I have a toddler again I’m back to figuring out playdates… I could just keep him home with me forever but then he’d just turn out really strange. Really it’s like having an only child since there are about 8 years between him and my youngest daughter so that means playing with his three sisters isn’t always an option.

Playdates scare the hell out of me though. Why? Well, because I have to meet the mom of his friend from preschool/daycare and possibly know each other a little bit, and then we need to actually hit it off. You know what… it’s like dating again!

Thankfully every once in a while Andrew’s older sisters come along with us when we head to the park and we have a family playdate. By the way… family playdates aren’t as scary as playdates with friends from school.

running through the sprinkler

It’s these time that I smile the most.

The times when all of my kids are playing together despite the age differences between them.

sitting on the bench

They run, swing, slide, and climb together.

They laugh and smile.

playing at the park

And it warms my heart from the inside out. It’s times like these that make me forget all the times that they argue and not get along.

I hope that my kids always get along and play together regardless of the age difference or how old they get.

I know… they’re kids so there will always be ups and downs but I also know that as time passes they’ll get closer. I know this because my brother, sister, and I did the exact same thing.

Then again I don’t think my brother will ever let us forget that we dressed him up as a girl…

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10 Responses to Family Playdates
  1. Kristen
    December 19, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    My brothers are 9 and 6 years older than I am and we are very close. They were always the ones to look out for me and probably always will be. It’s not so bad being the baby and from what my brothers tell me, it’s not so bad getting one when you didn’t even know you wanted one. :-)

    • Jackie
      December 19, 2012 | 8:13 pm

      My youngest daughter and her brother are pretty close… then again he’s only 2. They’re closest in age and she plays with him the most.

  2. MommieDaze
    December 19, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    My husband has two older sisters who dressed him up as a girl for Halloween when he was a toddler. He still holds it against them to this day!

    • Jackie
      December 19, 2012 | 8:12 pm

      Guess they shouldn’t have let us dress them up! Geesh… it’s their fault. LOL!

  3. angie
    December 19, 2012 | 6:48 pm

    It’s so nice having kids that play together…..and clothes that they can play in! {{wink}}

    • Jackie
      December 19, 2012 | 8:10 pm

      My toddler believes that clothes are optional. Most come off when we get home in the afternoon… they bug him he says.

  4. Kimberly
    December 20, 2012 | 2:38 am

    I’ve never been very good at the playdate thing. I’m too shy. You’re right – family playdates are much less scary!

    • Jackie
      December 22, 2012 | 7:50 am

      I have a hard time with the play dates too… Why is it so hard as adults to make friends?

  5. Aleta
    December 21, 2012 | 9:11 pm

    Play dates equate to dating the parents… something I never thought of, but I’m sure glad you prepared me for that!

    Great pictures and so good to see the smiles :)

    • Jackie
      December 22, 2012 | 7:51 am

      Thanks! Good luck… it’s so easy when you’re a kid to make friends. But as adults it seems so difficult unless you’ve known the person for a while.

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