What exactly is a "play date"? To me, it seems like a fancy way of saying, "Come on over so we can hang out while the kids wear each other out!"
Blake and I hosted our first "play date" just a couple of weeks ago and I think it was pretty successful. I do not, however, see how it was any different than my husband and I inviting a couple and their child to dinner. What makes a successful play date? For one, she brought vodka and Sprite (Tami, seriously... if you're reading this, you're invited over any time). Her husband watched the kids while she and I cooked hamburgers and talked crazy mom stuff, which was nice. We have horse property and it's easy to lose a child if you're not paying attention and sometimes I just want to cook and talk crazy mom stuff.
I'm just now noticing how hard it is to find another mom that I get along with. It's not that we wouldn't get along without the kids; it's just that some moms are nuts. Seriously. I met this mom (late 20s, first child) who is way too crazy for my liking. She follows her kid everywhere and watches his every move. How is a child supposed to build self esteem and develop a sense of worth with a mom like that?