How to be a Proper Play-Date Host
My preschooler, now in summer session with limited daycare, is fully on the play-date circuit. With new friends circling through the house and with him going to different friends' homes, I am noticing trends. Little folks get possessive and territorial, it is hard to share! This is normal, I realize, but I often run out of ways to mediate. When we host, I let the boy know that he needs to put things away if he absolutely cannot share. Everything else is fair game.
At his friend's house the other day, there was a squabble over a particularly shiny race car. The host boy ran to his parent for assistance. His parent said: "You're the host. Let your friend play with it." It wasn't the answer the boy was hoping to hear.
I've never used the comment: "Be a good host" with the connotation that he should let the other friend have the toy/turn. Perhaps I'm not a good host. What are the elements for our youngest folks, the preschool set, to be the "proper play date host"?