We all wish to be successful in what we do, and we are most likely to be successful when we are able to cope with the demands placed upon us, and when we are built up rather than put down.
Steps to running a successful play date
Know your child’s interests - Learn what they are good at, are motivated by and can participate in well without too much difficulty. This might be kicking about a football, watching a movie, building a lego kit. When planning a play date you want to plan it so that what they are best at is what will happen.
Put a time limit on it. If this is your first play date, keep it short and simple, it might only be meeting with a mum for half an hour whilst you both facilitate a game between your two children.
Learn to facilitate - at first to help your child develop these vital skills you may need to stand in the gap for your child and support them such as, saying to your child ‘now, it’s time for X to have a turn’, or maybe you could say ‘can I have a turn now’ or offering them ways to make a game more interesting like ‘let’s see who can blow the biggest bubble?
In summary, when starting out with plays go with what your child absolutely loves, and what is absolutely within their capabilities, keep it short to limit chance of major challenge, facilitate their use of language, and reward, reward, reward for what they do well.