from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A scheduled time for a child to visit and play with another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The occasion of a
childhaving a friend come over to playat their house.
- noun Any scheduled recreation, especially if not scheduled by those directly involved.
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I don’t understand why anyone expects us to love the drudgery of parenting and treat it like a sacred rite, as if admitting we’re sick to death of playing a game with our kids or doing laundry or sitting through a painful playdate is somehow a moral failure on our part.
Since my parents both commuted a long way from home, long before the word "playdate" ever existed, I spent most afternoons running from house to house, soaking up the sounds, smells and tastes.
Long "playdate" in which the moms & I sat at the table eating dim sum and drinking tea, while the kids played and quarreled and sang and danced in the living room.
I think it is a result of the "playdate" phenomenon of our society ... everything is supervised by an adult because of safety concerns mostly.
Very surprised that "playdate" caused such a heated debate.
The thing with the use of the word 'playdate' is that it doesn't always apply to coming over to tea.
Well, as an ex-pat married to an American and parent of a dual national, I reserve the right to use "playdate" and "sleepover".
I agree 'playdate' is an easy and convenient and accurate term to use, and I dislike it simply because it is American....
My daughter's just started Big School, and all the Mums seem to use 'playdate' as an easy shorthand for arrangement to meet up and play.
Today was a very BAD day for my little dawg as we set up a 'playdate' at a shelter in Waterloo in hopes of finding him a playmate.