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Should kids have play dates on weekends even if with kids every m-f?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes. Play-dates

allow you to monitor your child's peer interactions & teach age-appropriate pro-social & coping skills in a variety of settings.
Tell your child what behaviors you expect, the rewards for complying & the consequences for non-compliance. If the kids squabble, calmly separate them or remove what they're squabbling about without blaming either one. Neurotypical 3-tear-olds have a preferred friend.

In brief: Yes. Play-dates

allow you to monitor your child's peer interactions & teach age-appropriate pro-social & coping skills in a variety of settings.
Tell your child what behaviors you expect, the rewards for complying & the consequences for non-compliance. If the kids squabble, calmly separate them or remove what they're squabbling about without blaming either one. Neurotypical 3-tear-olds have a preferred friend.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Depends

As long as they do their school work and whatever reasonable chores they are assigned, why not? We all like "down" time and socialization is generally a good thing.
Children learn through play.

In brief: Depends

As long as they do their school work and whatever reasonable chores they are assigned, why not? We all like "down" time and socialization is generally a good thing.
Children learn through play.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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