Magazine article Work & Family Life

Is My Toddler Too Young for a Playdate?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Is My Toddler Too Young for a Playdate?

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Q Friends are telling me that my two year old needs to spend more time with kids his age. Isn't he a bit young for playdates?

-E.D., Royal Oak, MI

A Playdates can be nice for a young child. Just don't go overboard. Toddler friendships are often based on families getting together. The key is to give kids opportunities to play with other children their age.

Here are some suggestions from Annie Thiel, PhD, author of The Playdate Kids series.

Schedule playdates in the morning or after a nap, when kids are rested and open to new experiences. If the date is at your house, double-check your childproofing beforehand.

Think small. Limit playdates to one friend at a time, especially if the children will be playing indoors. And don't let it drag on too long. Two year olds can get bored and cranky after an hour or 90 minutes.

Choose carefully. Ideally, the kids should be close in age and have reasonably compatible personalities. …

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