Play Dates: Not Just for Kids but Parents Too!

“Please, Mommy! Can you give me another clue? Who’s coming over for a visit tomorrow?” my little girl pleaded. Quinn is an only child and does well playing by herself or even playing with her dad or me, but there’s no denying that there is something special about having time to play with children around her own age. Yes, she has an opportunity to play at recess or interact during gym and music, but an actual play date involving an activity or even just going to a family member or friend’s house or having them come to our house is a wonderful experience for us both.

While some parents may dread play dates or just don’t see the significance of them, I look forward to them just as much as my five and a half year old does. For the most part, she is a cheerful, easygoing child, but the smile that comes over her face when she has a play date let’s me know that it is something she enjoys immensely. Also, it gives me an opportunity to see how she interacts with children directly. Does she share, is she kind, is she a good sport if they are playing a game?

Yesterday, when my cousin visited with her daughter, Quinn did a wonderful job sharing and cared about her cousin’s interests by taking turns while helping to bake a princess cake. She also allowed her cousin to pick out her headband color first since she was our guest as they worked on their other crafty project. I also enjoyed being able to observe them and help them go through the process of preparing and baking their cake.

Something that impressed me was how the both of them were able to go with the flow when the fondant for the cake didn’t quite turn out as they hoped. It was a teachable moment that sometimes you may follow the directions, but the results may still not turn out as you anticipated. I was able to quickly whip up a buttercream frosting and match the pink of the fondant, and the girls were eager to decorate the dress. They commented on how pretty she looked and said, “We can’t wait to eat her for dessert!” This gave me such a chuckle!

From baking to crafting to playing games and eating together, it was fun for all. I’m so grateful we have family and friends to get together with for good-old fashioned fun!

All the best,


What Would We Do Without It Wednesday: Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Though my little girl will be three in May, she’s already experienced just about every emotion. She’s had happy moments, sad moments, frustrating moments, excited moments; you name it! But some of my favorite moments are the humorous ones. Not only do they help to get the both of us through the sad and frustrating times when Quinn becomes inconsolable or whiny, but they lighten my spirits and make it so that I can’t be upset with her for long if she displays a displeasing behavior or makes me a little frustrated.

As the old adage goes, “Laughter is the best medicine.”  Help Guide, A trusted non-profit guide to mental health and well-being, provided an online article on this very topic stating, “Laughter helps you stay emotionally healthy.” I truly believe that the humor and laughter I experience with my daughter is helping to build a solid bond between us and keeps me motivated to be the best mom I can be. It puts a smile on my face too! What would we do without humor and laughter?

All the best,