Playdate Etiquette: The Quick Guide for Hosts

Playdates are a standard part of American parenting with good reasons: They build supportive communities of caring adults, boost kids’ social skills, and help toddlers and young children bond with people outside of the family. Plus, kids love ‘em. Here’s how to host a successful play date with aplomb. Share your ideas for great playdates in the comments section below! Guide for Playdate Hosts Keep the length of the playdate short, especially if you don’t know the kids well: 1-2 hours max. Keep the numbers low, too: 2-4 children. You…

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Baby Shower Planning and Etiquette

Set the Date A baby shower is a time to celebrate new life and share advice on parenting. Get ideas for invitations, decor, food, and activities — plus gift suggestions for the new mom. Anyone from a family member to a coworker can host the event, which is usually held during the last two months of pregnancy. Some couples, however, hesitate to stock a nursery before the child has arrived, and some like to hold out until the baby can be the guest of honor. Ask the couple if they…

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