Many parents not comfortable with their kids playing at someone else’s house, study finds
Playdate invites are common when a new school year begins; however, a new study has found that this trend is towards a decline as more and more parents are rejecting playdate invites and that they are not comfortable with their kids playing at someone else’s house.
Nearly half of parents polled in a new national survey said they have declined a playdate because they didn’t feel comfortable leaving their child in the other parent’s care. Parents’ top concerns about playdates include children being unsupervised, hearing inappropriate language, getting into medications and harmful substances, and getting injured.
The new poll was carried out by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan.
The report is based on responses from 881 parents who had at least one child ages 4-9. In response to a playdate invitation at the home of a family they don’t know well, 22% of parents would let their child have the playdate without them there while 43% would stay with their child. Another 22% would say no to the playdate invitation.
Influences on parent decisions about playdates include the child being shy around strangers (17%), being afraid of certain pets (11%), having a food allergy/special diet (8%), or having a health condition (6%).
The majority of parents say they would try to meet the other parents before the playdate. Some would also would try to learn about the other parents by asking friends and neighbors, checking social media, going to the other family’s neighborhood, searching sex offender registry/criminal records, or asking a teacher or other school staff.