I Confess. I Hate “Playdates.”

Rules I wish I’d created to make these events more tolerable

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1. If your child is coming for a playdate at my house, please drop your child off, and kindly go away.

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2. Don’t put me in a situation where I have to “discipline” your kid while you sit idly by.

3. Don’t expect me to feed & entertain adults at my kids’ birthday parties.

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4. Tell your kid to help clean up, or at least offer to help clean up yourself.

5. When adults are talking, please don’t accept your kid rudely interrupting (unless someone’s hurt or bleeding).

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6. Your child doesn’t decide when the playdate is over. I do.

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Dismantler of gender norms. Political news junkie. TikTok aficionado. Mom of 3. Work seen/heard @ HuffPost, Scary Mommy, NPR, SiriusXM, LTYM, TIFO podcast, etc.

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