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"Why Should I Schedule Play Dates?"

The Benefits of Incorporating Regular Play Dates

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When you schedule play dates for your child, think of them as free babysitting. As a single parent, this is a huge benefit to you. Not only do you get a few hours to yourself when your child is at a friend's house, but when you reciprocate the play date, you'll probably find that your child is so engaged in playing with his or friend, that you'll again have a few spare moments to relax or tackle some chores around the house. Here are a few reasons why it's a good idea to schedule play dates on a regular basis:

  • It's absolutely guilt-free!

  • It doesn't cost anything.

  • Your kids will have a blast!

  • It gives you time to be alone and think.

  • Even anticipating that some free time is on the horizon will help you be more patient with your kids.

  • It gives the kids an opportunity to practice using important social skills.

  • You'll be demonstrating to your children that taking care of yourself is a priority, and that's a valuable lesson.

  • Reciprocating the play date will give you an opportunity to get to know your child's friends.

  • As the kids are playing, you'll be able to get some things done around the house.
Ready to get started? Call a friend to schedule play dates for the next couple of weeks and see what a tremendous help they can be to you.
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