Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful toddler daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
Like most moms, I have a circle of friends who feel the same way I do: we love our kid(s); we work hard to keep them happy and healthy; we worry about them. There are times we wish we could literally put them in a bubble to prevent illness or injury.
Kyla hasn’t reached the age for regular “play dates” just yet. Her play dates are with my best friend’s daughter or her cousins, not classmates we don’t know & love like family. In a short time that is going to change. I will do my best not to be the kind of mom who inspects the home of a new play date for any possible health & safety hazards. I’ll be nervous the first time I leave our little cherub in the hands of another mom who, I just know, won’t have the same parenting skills I do.
Do other moms feel like I do? Probably. I haven’t asked my friends what they do for play dates, first times or otherwise. And does the nervous feeling lessen as your child ages? Do you worry just a bit more with a preschooler than you do a fifth grader (who presumably IS smarter than you?)
On the flip side if you are HOSTING the play date, how do you prepare? Do you:
a) Remove any family heirlooms & other breakables from the play area
b) Make certain you serve only WHITE beverages
c) Double-check that your guest has no food allergies
d) Contact your attorney to draw up a Play Date Waiver that the visitor’s parent must sign stating they will not hold you responsible for any injuries, etc.
e) All of the above
If you answered “e” you are clearly not alone. Yes, in our wonderfully litigious times parents are now being asked to sign waivers before play dates, birthday parties and other social gatherings. You just never know when Johnny Guest is going to skin his knee at your house and his folks sue you for thousands of dollars. (Don’t believe me? Watch the video at the end of this blog.)
While it shouldn’t exactly surprise me that this is taking place, it does unsettle me. I come from what is probably the last generation who survived their childhoods unscathed WITHOUT the help of bike helmets, car seats until I was old enough to drive the car myself, cell phones if I was more than a half block from my home, or GPS systems to help me cross a street.
We have become such a nation of lawsuit-happy and lawsuit-phobic wimps that we can’t even attend or host a play date without the advice of our ATTORNEY???!!! To quote that famous philosopher Charlie Brown: “Good Grief!”