Alpha Mummy & Beta Mummy in…The Playdate.

Ah, the playdate. A veritable mine of blog post inspiration. (Incidentally, I don’t like the term “playdate”. I’m sure we didn’t use it when I was a kid.  However, it seems to be pretty ubiquitous now, and it’s snappier than “having friends round to play”, so I’ll stick with it for the time being – happy to receive alternative suggestions).  The playdate is yet another one of those things that seems like a good idea at the time. Keeps the kids entertained for a couple of hours, and you can have a good old chinwag with your mummy pals over a nice cuppa.

If you’re a Beta Mummy like me, you’re probably undecided about whether it’s better to host or guest at a playdate.  If you’re the host: unless it’s your best friends coming (the ones who have seen you bra-less and know how infrequently you change your bedsheets), you feel obliged to attempt to do something about the embarrassing state of your house beforehand – cue mad panic and futile efforts to make it look less like Beirut and more like somewhere that won’t be a health hazard to little Johnny and co.  If you’re the guest: anxiety about how your child will behave…will he batter the other kids round the head like last time? Will he be the spoilt brat who won’t let anyone else play with the Best Toy? Will he be the one who does a monumental shit in his pants requiring a full change into a borrowed pair of joggers?  It’s a quandry.

One thing I do know is that my kids’ playdates never look like this:

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Generally speaking they look more like this:

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And as for getting the chance to chat to friends over a nice cuppa?  HA!  Good luck with that.

p.s. There is another option: go on a group outing. That way, nobody gets their house trashed, everyone’s a winner! What could possibly go wrong…?  Fellow Beta Mummy, MumWorkRepeat explains exactly what….

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  • justsayingmum 09/05/2016 at 9:37 am

    All the toys, all of them with the tiny bastard pieces! Brilliant! Love it – every time you make me laugh out loud! Thank you #BigPinkLink

  • babiesbiscuitsandbooze 09/05/2016 at 9:41 am

    Love it!!! Haven’t had to venture too far into this world yet but I can imagine the stresses it brings! You are hilarious as always. #bigpinklink

  • pinkpearbear 09/05/2016 at 1:32 pm

    Another wonderful post! I love your illustrations so much. They remind me of purple ronnie, (but better!!), and are spot on. I think I prefer going to someone’s house. Or better yet, now they’re in school, my child going alone to someone’s house and me picking them up after! 😉 Thanks for linking up with us. #bigpinklink

  • The Mum Project 09/05/2016 at 2:28 pm

    hahah as always, love the cartoon! Luckily I am at the golden stage where the little one is playful, but can’t crawl. So funny that it’s called a playdate, it sounds so formal. ; )

  • letyourlightshinemummy 09/05/2016 at 3:25 pm

    Playdate does sound weird doesn’t it, it’s not quite right somehow. The chance to actually talk to friends is normally zero, it’s so hard to talk about anything for more than a minute. Great post ?

  • occupation:(m)other 09/05/2016 at 6:49 pm

    Oh brilliant! ALL the toys! And the ‘die, die’…so funny. I can really relate to both being the host and the guest of these little events. Such a knot of worry we tie ourselves in! #bigpinklink

  • Katy (@hotpinkwellies) 09/05/2016 at 6:55 pm

    I have only been on one of the dreaded playdates – I wasn’t invited back as I brought round a packet of chocolate chip biscuits and it was clear from the other mum’s face that she did not allow her kids of eat unhealthy food! Whoops! #bigpinklink

  • Mamma Bear 09/05/2016 at 9:44 pm

    I’m not going to lie. I’m here only because of the drawings! You sound like a fun person to hang out with. I will be back again. FOR SURE!! LOVED reading this! <3

  • twotinyhands 09/05/2016 at 10:53 pm

    I haven’t had any playdates yet. I’ve tried to instigate some but no one wants me! I don’t know why, maybe they know! I am trying to think of what we used to call a “play date”, Probably something as simple as “playing with friends”, “going to “Jims” House”, dread the “a sleepover”! #bigpinklink

  • beccatooth 11/05/2016 at 8:44 am

    This gave me a giggle! And just on my way to one now! #BloggerClubUK

  • Catie: Imperfect Mum 11/05/2016 at 8:48 am

    LOL love it especially the toys and my dog hides behind the chair too ?

  • anywaytostayathome 11/05/2016 at 10:29 am

    Aaah this is why I’m glad my child is not old enough to befriend those who I have not chosen for him based on their mothers. Thus far we go for all the toys and watch the chaos whilst we eat cake, occasionally throwing a chunk at the children. #BloggerClubUK

  • Squirmy Popple 11/05/2016 at 6:09 pm

    Ahh, the tiny bastard pieces of toys! They get you every time. #BloggerClubUK

  • rachelbustin blog (@RachelBustin) 12/05/2016 at 2:23 pm

    love your drawings yet again! i havent had playdates abd tbh im not looking forward to them when they get here! xx


  • Motherhood IRL 13/05/2016 at 12:55 pm

    Playdates are awful. I hate them! It makes me feel sorry for my own mom when she used to host a houseful of children at least once a week. Poor woman! #StayClassy

  • marmeemarch 13/05/2016 at 8:14 pm

    Never have I related so much to a stick figure cartoon. Genius. #stay classy

  • Rach 14/05/2016 at 7:25 pm

    Even when you think you’ve hidden special toys and your wedding ornaments are out of reach they still manage to bloody get there hands on them, precariously balancing on the back of furniture to reach them ahhhh!!! I love going out to the park for play dates! Lovin the blogs, sketches are hilarious x

  • The Speed Bump 15/05/2016 at 9:52 am

    Haha this is just hilarious, I especially love the illustrations! I’m dreading the playdate stage – I can barely cope with one child that I own, what the heck am I going to do with one that belongs to someone else? #KCACOLS

  • Mrs T (@SothisismeMrsT) 15/05/2016 at 4:24 pm

    love this! the illustrations are bang on! I always dread a playdate regardless of venue with my threenager who refuses to share his own toys then when we visit other houses claims a toy as his own and wants to tae it home cue full on screaming tantrum #KCACOLS x

  • justsayingmum 15/05/2016 at 7:10 pm

    just so good to red this again – your pictures are like that – you can keep looking and see new funny bits every time! #KCACOLS

  • cherylbarry 16/05/2016 at 11:12 am

    Hah hah! Yes!! Now that summer is almost here, I’m always trying to arrange “Playdates” or whatever they’re called outdoors at a park so that nobody’s house ends up getting trashed. I went to a friend’s house last week and my kids refused to eat any of the healthy vegetables that were on the plate for tea and just ate the plain pasta and cheese! #KCACOLS x

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy 16/05/2016 at 2:46 pm

    I hear ya. My house is always trashed after these “playdates”. I’ve found the best option is meeting at a playground or indoor play center. Leave the mess somewhere else! Thanks so much for linking up with #BloggerClubUK

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  • Laughing mum 18/05/2016 at 5:16 am

    Haha! This is good! Truly funny! #bloggerclubuk

  • To Arizona......and beyond 18/05/2016 at 5:34 am

    Love it! I haven’t had to experience a play date yet but I can imagine the stress that comes with it! #KCACOLS

  • The Mum Project 18/05/2016 at 10:26 am

    Back from #StayClassy, love your drawings, this one is hilarious! A group outing sounds funnnnnn lol Thanks for linking up : )

  • madelinelittlejohns 19/05/2016 at 2:48 pm

    I tend to go for playdates at the park or somewhere like that, so the kids can run around and burn off some energy, and I don’t have to worry about anyone seeing the state of my living room! x #KCACOLS

  • bridiebythesea 19/05/2016 at 6:09 pm

    This is brilliant! We’re not quite at the stage of “playdates” but when we’ve had our NCT group around for tea, my little one started screaming in protest that her living room was disrupted without her permission! Lol. Another brilliant doodle, really loving your blog Beta xx #triballove #KCACOLS

  • theparentingjungle 19/05/2016 at 6:49 pm

    Chuckle..all the tiny bastard pieces.. One of the first posts I did was tips for playdates as the first few I had were reminiscent of the shining. I cried afterward so I have a special fondness for this picture. Brilliant as always lovely lady. I always host…when do I get to ply my kid onto someone else for a while?!#KCACOLS

    • The Adventures of Beta Mummy 19/05/2016 at 6:51 pm

      I am longing for the day I can palm the kids off at friends houses and go shopping for a couple of hours…what age do you reckon that is socially acceptable? ! 😉

  • newmummyblogcom 19/05/2016 at 10:03 pm

    Haha brilliant pictures! Yes, I think playdate is the same as us going round and knocking on our friends’ door… though they seem to be a lot more prepared! Well I’m not there yet, with a toddler, but it’s the impression I get. Love this! Thanks for sharing on #KCACOLS with Franca, hope you can link again on Sunday x

  • Lissa 08/07/2016 at 11:02 pm

    I may have just snorted wine down my nose – this is spot on. Utterly brilliant 😀 I dreaded (for around 5 years) “play dates” in friend’s houses, lol.


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