Erin Stewart: Boycott the play date? Why not just do it right?

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  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:40 a.m.

    I have to agree. I think so much is handed to kids already when it comes to entertainment that kids today are missing out on learning important social skills that come when it's left to them to coordinate their entertainment.

    Both of my parents worked while I was growing up so we never had scheduled playdates. We'd venture outside or even just call around to see who was up for doing something. It taught me to be proactive and it helped foster collaboration because most of my friends didn't have an idea of what they wanted to do either. We just knew that a group of us looking for something to do offered a better chance for entertainment. Also, because we sought each other out it wasn't up to our parents to decide who was going to be our friend for the day.