Valerie

From Germantown, Maryland, United States

Joined 15th May 2012

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  • Do you schedule many playdates for your kids?

    Answered on 4th September 2012:

    I have begun scheduling more of these since I started my own business and now have more flexibility in my schedule. It's really hard when you have to give up some cherished weekend family time to do it, but I believe it's SO important for kids to have the opportunity to play host/hostess, to share their home environment with their friends, to be able to feel a sense of pride in ownership ("Come see my room!"), and to interact with their peers on a more one-on-one level. It enables them to deepen their friendships once they have shared time together in their own habitat instead of just on the playground or at camp. I have made some new friends in the process, too. When they have a new friend they met at camp, whose parents I do not know, I invite both mother and child to come to lunch and play on a Saturday. Mom and I chat while the kids play. It usually ends up being fun for everyone! I find that after school play dates work well on a Friday (when there's no homework and no activities) for kids we already know well because there's not enough time for them to get sick of each other and start arguing. Moms who work full-time outside the home could maybe take off early one day a month to facilitate this so that you don't have to give up time on your weekend.

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  • What is your biggest challenge in keeping your kids organized for school? (I'm giving a seminar on this topic and want to be sure I address the most common concerns.)

    Answered on 21st May 2012:

    Thanks for this suggestion. Starting the day off happy is indeed always a great strategy!

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