I don’t do play dates anymore

The other day, my son said he was bored.

“Why don’t you have a friend over for a play date,” I suggested.

“Mom,” he said, looking at me very seriously, “I don’t do play dates anymore. It’s called hanging out.”

And while I laughed as he corrected me, it made me a little sad inside…

Sad that my ten year old–my baby–is now too old to have play dates.

(How does time pass so quickly?)

My not-so-little boy walking Bailey on our recent trip to the coast.

Is anyone else dealing with the same thing? What age were your kids when they stopped doing play dates? :)


  1. I, too, have had this same conversation. I've learned now that Parker is 12 to suggest he have a friend over to "hang out". I've caught myself on several occasions saying, "Why don't you go see if X wants to pla….hang out?" It's bittersweet, isn't it? Watching our little boys turn into young men.Peace and blessings to your day.Jeanine

  2. Thank goodness I still have one more small one who wants to have friends over to play. I hope these years slow down a little.

  3. Hello ~waving at you~ I to have a 10 year old son & he has made it clear to me that he isn't a baby anymore. He doesn't want me picking out his clothes, he has an opinion about everything, he thinks he is too cool to play with his siblings & he now wants a cell phone (which I am not ready to give him yet). My son is a really good kid, it is just shocking at how he is slowly leaving me behind. No more mommy kisses before bed, I have to kiss him while he is sound asleep lol.

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