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Monday question: Playdate protocols

Posted by Robin Abrahams  January 9, 2012 06:28 AM

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I am totally in love with today's LW, folks, and you'd better be, too: 

Can you give some advice on the way to conduct or attend a playdate. At 40 years old I can admitt I am socially akward. I tend to rush through phone calls and cut off small talk because I'm uncomfortable about how to continue and generally avoid social interactions. I realize I need to model better behavior for my two children. Playdates are a special form of torture for me but I want my children to be better at making friends than I am. Are their any rules of thumb for setting up and length, amount of time parents need to spend, small talk do's and don'ts ect.

What's your advice? I'll summarize yours and add mine -- and I have some, believe me! -- on Friday. In the meantime, check back in during the week for news and advice on All Things Social. 

Happy First Full Week of 2012!



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