A play-date at a new friend's house: things to ask?
My daughter came home the other day saying she scheduled a playdate with her new friend whose name I didn't recognize. They were in the same class this year, she tells me. She handed me a piece of paper with all her parents' contact numbers.
Just then, my phone rang. Great timing, it was the friend's mom. One of our phones was a bit choppy, but all I gathered was: "Hi, this is [so-and-so's mom]". Due to a weird connection, I couldn't even catch her name! But, what I did catch was the fact that her daughter and mine would walk home together after school and that they'd play. "Could you pick her up at 5?" she asked. I said, "Sure," and I took down the address.
It occurred to me: I didn't know this family, I didn't know this friend, I didn't know anything about them. It made me nervous. I turned to last year's school directory, and we looked up my daughter's friend. I saw the names of her parents listed (no address) and I did a quick google search on each. Nothing much came up aside from "yellow pages" and other random directory listings. Hmpft.
Do your kids have playdates with friends you might not even know, whose parents you definitely don't know?