Sixty-three percent of moms said they have scheduled a playdate for their children for the sole purpose of hanging out with the other kids' parents, according to a national survey from Merck Consumer Care's Active Family Project.
What's more, of the 1,000 moms with children ages 2-11 who were surveyed, 66 percent said family play time is spontaneous while 34 percent said it is scheduled. On average, moms say they have five family play dates a month, but they'd really like twice as many.
By scheduling regular family playdates, moms can ensure quality time with their little ones. To help plan fun things to do, Amy McCready, founder, Positive Parenting Solutions and member of the Active Family Project Play Council, suggested creating a family activity jar.
“Encourage your kids to write their ideas for fun family activities and put them in a jar they decorate,“ she said. “Make sure the activities are free (or all in an agreed price range) and doable on a whim. Have each child write enough activities so there are enough to take you through a couple of months or even a whole year. Each week, day or whatever your schedule permits, take turns choosing an activity for family fun.“