The August issue of Parenting Magazine included an interesting article that I am sure all parents have pondered on numerous occasions. True, people with kids gravitate towards other people with kids. In “Playdating Other Families” by Shawn Bean, he dissects the challenges that parents go through in trying to find other parents that are compatible for a playdate. Bean coins this unique kind of “dating service”, finding a PILF (Parent I’d Like To Friend).
“Playdate My Family” makes you wonder about instances where you and another set of parents are good friends…but, your kids don’t get along – what do you do? Do you sever ties with the other family? OR, You may wonder what happens when two children get along really well, but you don’t have anything in common or have differing opinions with the other set of parents – do you “break up?” Bean likens this dating concept to eHarmony or Match.com, but for parents. Kind of comical if you think about it! The article is layed out as if it could be a real website with user profiles, a compatibility quiz, and advice on “breaking up” with other parents. In reading the comments section, it sounds like some parents read the article and were sincerely looking for the Playdate My Family Website (sorry, it’s just a concept thus far). Fortunately, I am a part of a cool community of dads, and able to find plenty of good guys that I enjoy hanging out with, and my son enjoys interacting with their kids.
If the Playdate My Family concept sounds interesting, you can check out the entire article as well as my “user profile” that they published in their recent issue of the magazine.