Playdate Shmaydate

Punkie is 5 1/2 months old and I haven’t figured out yet how to meet other new parents.

It seems like it should be easy, but I am apparently not hip to the mommyhood secret club.  I imagine Punkie with little friends and play dates, but it just hasn’t happened.  I suppose it isn’t urgent – he is at day care Monday through Friday and is meeting and playing with other babies there.

I live in a very nice, family filled suburb.  There are kids all over the place.  How do I not run into other new parents on a daily basis?  We enrolled in a baby sign language class for two reasons – to help Punkie develop his communication skills even before he can talk, and to meet other parents.  I guess I don’t click with the few other parents in the class.

I think maybe my work schedule is a factor – a lot of new moms are physically at work outside the home as well, or they’re out and about during the daytime hours.  I’m lately only out and about during a very narrow band of time in the evening.

I worry that my social failings will have a lasting effect on Punkie.  I want him to have life-long friends.  And to learn that you shouldn’t grab other babies’ noses with a kungfu grip (I neither confirm nor deny any such event).

For now, though, he seems happy.

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2 thoughts on “Playdate Shmaydate

  1. I hear you. My little man is 19 months, and because I’ve had the opportunity to stay home with him, he does not get the chance to interact with other kids like he would at a day care. Don’t stress. He’ll be fine. When we do have play dates with friends, or go to kid birthday parties, he acts like a social butterfly (which is REALLY strange since I tend to be on the reclusive don’t-talk-to-me-unless-you-know-me side).

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